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James Meredith

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Lacca Bowen

on 22 April 2014

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Transcript of James Meredith

James Meredith

Application to Ole Miss
Meredith was the first African American to attend the University of Mississippi. While obtaining this honor wasn't easy he eventually achieved his goal. James applied to Ole Miss in 1962. He was accepted into the school but he wasn't allowed to be admitted due to his race. Federal court said that they had to admit him but his entrance was blocked by Governor Ross Barnett. Finally on September 30th he began classes at the University.

Life at the University of Mississippi
When James went to start school the entrance was blocked. Soon riots erupted and 500 U.S. Marshals were sent to the campus by the Attorney General Robert Kennedy. Military police from Mississippi were also sent by President Kennedy.
James was born on June 25, 1933 in Kosciusko, Mississippi. He was born of African American and Choctaw indian descent. When it came time for him to get a degree he attended Jackson State University for two years then later applied to the University of Mississippi.
By Lacca Bowen
("James Meredith Biography")
Works Cited
"James Meredith Biography." bio.. A&E Network, n.d. Web. 16 Apr 2014. <http://www.biography.com/people/james-meredith-9406314

McGee, Meredith Coleman. James Meredith: warrior and the America that created him. Santa Barbara: , 2013. Print.

"1966: Black civil rights activist shot." BBC News. BBC, 6 June 1966. Web. 21 Apr. 2014. <http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/june/6/newsid_3009000/3009967.stm>.
("James Meredith Biography")
("James Meredith: warrior and the America that created him")
Riot that broke out was eventually ended by 3,000 troops came to help control the crowd. During the riot 2 people were were killed and 375 wounded. Without the help of the troops sent by Kennedy, Meredith might not have been able to enter the campus.
("Fight to enter university")
March Against Fear
The March Against Fear was a march led by James Meredith from Memphis, Tn to Jackson , Ms started on June 6, 1966. The march was to help his fellow African Americans stand up to the white population and register to vote. This march was roughly 220 miles long and would take about 70 hours to walk the whole length.
Surprise along the way
While on the march Meredith got an unpleasant surprise. At Hernando, Ms, about 30 miles from Memphis, he was shot. He suffered three gunshot wounds one in the leg, shoulder, head. Luckily they weren't too serious. After going to the hospital he was able to join his group and finish his march.
("1966: Black civil rights activist shot")
("1966: Black civil rights activist shot")
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