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Transcript of James Meredith
- Meredith met Mary June Wiggins while serving in the US Military
- Married in 1956 and had four children
- Mary died unexpectedly in 1979
- The following year, Meredith married Judy Alsobrook, in Gary, Indiana, and they lived in Jackson, Mississippi
- Meredith served from 1989 to 1991 as an active republican
- Meredith unsuccessfully ran for Adam Clayton Powell Jr.'s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1967.
- In 1972, he ran for a seat in the Senate, losing to Democratic incumbent James Eastland
- Meredith was involved with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
- Meredith spent a year studying in Nigeria, West Africa
- He went to law school at Columbia University in New York City
- In 1966, he published a book about his experiences called "Three Years in Mississippi"
-His goal was to put pressure on the Kennedy administration to enforce civil rights for African Americans
The Legacy of James Meredith
- Meredith earned his college credits from the Air Force and at Jackson
- He only had to take courses for one year in order to graduate
- On the way to all his classes, Meredith had to be escorted to class
- On August 18, 1963, James Meredith received his diploma in political science
-James Howard Meredith was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi on June 25, 1933
- He was raised on a farm with 9 brothers and sisters
- His first experience with institutionalized racism occurred while riding on a train with his brother
- Meredith spent 9 years as a Sargent in the U.S. Air Force before enrolling into Jackson State University
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March Against Fear
-He began a 225 mile march from Memphis, Tennessee to Jackson, Mississippi to show that black people could walk freely in 1966
- During the march was when he was shot and wounded by a sniper's bullet
-Martin Luther King Jr. and other major civil rights leader joined this protest
-The march lasted 5 days and resulted in 34 deaths, over 1,000 injuries and nearly 4,000 arrests
- The University and the Mississippi State Government and Courts did everything they could to keep Meredith out of Ole Miss (University of Mississippi)
-Robert Ellis, the man in charge of admitting students, stalled Meredith from applying
-After many policy changes, one of Meredith's lawyers decided it was time for a court session on June 12, 1961
- It took 118 days for Judge Mize to reach a decision to allow Meredith to go to Ole Miss
Elish, Dan, " James Meredith and School Desegregation" published in 1994
Adler, David, " Heroes for Civil Rights" published in2008
- Photos: Google Images
- “The Legacy of James Meredith.” ww.youtube.com/watch?v=4FDU821xFaI.7 9 12.Web.10 3 13
- Books: James Meredith and School Desegregation by Dan Elish, Heroes for Civil Rights by David Adler
- “James Meredith Biography.”www.biography.com/james-meredith.2013.Web.10 3 13.
- “The Integration of the University of Mississippi.”www.usmarshals.gov/history/miss.Web.10 3 13.
- “James Meredith Shot.”www.history.com/this-day-in-history-james-meredith-shot.6 6 13.Web.10 3 13
- “James Meredith.”www.history.co.uk/james_meredith.htm.2013.Web.10 3 13
- “The Road to Civil Rights March Against Fear.” http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/highwayhistory/road/s39.cfm.4 7 11.Web.10 3 13
Who is James Meredith?
James Meredith was the first African American to attend the University of Mississippi.
"You can't have a second, third or a ten thousandth without a first."