In 1962, James Meredith was the first African American student admitted to the segregated University of Mississippi, an event that was a flashpoint in the American civil rights movement. October 1, 1962.
James Meredith Integrated Ole Miss, Oct. 1962...but later on he took on another major effort to organize and promote voter registration in his home state, but was shot on the way of his public march near...Hernando, Ms..During this time, Meredith organized and led a civil rights march, the March Against Fear from Memphis, to Jackson, Ms, beginning on June 6, 1966. This was his public effort to encourage blacks to register and vote after passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Integrating Ole Miss: A Transformative, Deadly Riot
John F. Kennedy sent three thousand troops to the University of Mississippi so that Meredith could become the first black to enroll. This year Ole Miss celebrated fifty years of integration, which began with Meredith. He was invited but didn't return
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