50th Anniversary Events

The following events took place in 2012 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of integration at the University of Mississippi:

Sept. 5

Panel Discussion: “Images of Minority Women in the Media, Then and Now”
11 a.m.

Panelists: Kirk Johnson, Deirdre Cooper Owens, Imani Cheers
Moderator: Mark Dolan
Cosponsored by the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies
Overby Center

Sept. 19

Brown Bag Lecture: “Margaret Walker Alexander and Civil Rights”
Noon
Lecturer: Robby Luckett of the Margaret Walker Alexander Center, Jackson State University
Barnard Observatory

Movie Screening: “Sing Your Song”
6:30 p.m.
Sing Your Song is a documentary about the life of Harry Belafonte.

Barnard Observatory, Room 105

Sept. 24

Lecture: “What Did We Learn? The Lessons of 1962”
6 p.m.

Charles Eagles, author of The Price of Defiance: James Meredith and the Integration of Ole Miss, will speak on his history of the crisis.
Overby Center Auditorium

Sept. 25

Documentary: “Legacy: 50 Years of Integration at the University of Mississippi”
7 p.m.

Narrators: Andrew Harper and Matthew Graves
Overby Center Auditorium

Lecture: “Transformation and Reformation”
7 p.m.

Clifton Taulbert will discuss his Ice House Entrepreneurship program as part of the Legal

Clifton Taulbert will discuss his Ice House Entrepreneurship program as part of the Legal Studies Lecture Series.

Farley Hall, Room 202

Sept. 26

Brown Bag Lecture: “Legacies from the Battle of Ole Miss: The James Meredith Incident and the 1965 Southern Literary Festival”
Noon

Lecturer: Robert W. Hamblin, professor of English, Southeast Missouri State University
Barnard Observatory

Panel Discussion

3-4 p.m.
Panel discussion with people who were on campus Sept. 30–Oct. 1, 1962
All people who were on campus during the events of fall 1962 are invited to participate.
Barnard Observatory

Sept. 27

Speaker: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
7 p.m.
Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts

Sept. 28

Mississippi Freedom Trail Marker Ceremony
Master of ceremonies: Andy Mullins

Sept. 30

Statewide Day of Remembrance: “A Walk of Reconciliation and Redemption”
6:30 p.m.
Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts

Prayer Service on the Lyceum Steps at Ole Miss led by local religious community
7 p.m.

Documentary: “REBELS: James Meredith & the Integration of Ole Miss”
8 p.m.
Narrators: Andrew Harper and Matthew Graves
Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts

Oct. 1

“The U.S. Marshals and Oxford—A 50th Anniversary Panel”
9:30 a.m.

Panelists: John Meredith, son of James Meredith; Don Forsht, Hershel Garner, Denzil N. Bud Staple, Curt Bowden and Robert Moore, retired deputy U.S. marshals
Master of ceremonies: David Turk, U.S. Marshals Service historian
Student Union Ballroom

Black Student Union Tribute to James Meredith
11 a.m.

Student Union Lobby
Lecture: “A Lawyer’s Impact: Mississippi Burning”
1:30 p.m.
Robert C. Khayat Law Center, Room 1078

Lecture: “Integration at Ole Miss — from an Army Perspective”
3 p.m.
Speaker: Henry Gallagher, author of James Meredith and the Ole Miss Riot
Overby Center

“Meredith and Me: The Walk”
5:30 p.m.
50 Years of Integration at the University of Mississippi
Civil Rights Monument

Keynote Lecture: “50 Years of Integration, Opening the Closed Society”
6 p.m.
Keynote speaker: Harry Belafonte
Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts

Reception
7:15 p.m.
Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts Lower Lobby

Oct. 2

Lecture: “Finding JFK while Researching James Meredith at Ole Miss — A Collector’s Paradise”
Noon

A discussion with Judge Tyrone K. Yates
Faulkner Room, Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library

Oct. 3

Brown Bag Lecture: “Robert F. Kennedy in the Mississippi Delta”
Noon

Lecturer: Ellen Meacham, Meek School of Journalism and New Media
Barnard Observatory

Concert: Caroline Herring
6 p.m.

Herring sang several songs about the Civil Rights Movement, including a new song about the University of Mississippi, in her concert.
Gertrude Ford Center Studio Theater

Oct. 4

Lecture: “Ole Miss after Meredith: Progress since 1962”
11 a.m.

Speakers: David Sansing, Don Cole, Valeria Ross and Gerald Walton
Overby Center Auditorium

Oct. 10

Gilder Jordan Lecture in Southern History: “So the Whole World Can See: Documentary Photography and Film in the Civil Rights Era”
7:30 p.m.
Lecturer: Grace Elizabeth Hale, University of Virginia
Nutt Auditorium

Oct. 15

Lecture: Joel E. Anderson, chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, “Cuffed on a Bus at Ole Miss in 1962: This Is Not the Way I Was Raised.”
Noon

Barnard Observatory, Room 105

Panel Discussion: “Thank God for Mississippi”
3 p.m.
A panel discussion, led by professors John Kirk and Barclay Key of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, titled “Thank God for Mississippi!: Perspectives on the Civil Rights Movement in Arkansas.
Barnard Observatory

 

Exhibits

Sept. 25-Oct. 6

“A Difficult Road to Equality: Objects from Integration at Ole Miss”
University Museum and Historic Houses
Through October 2012

Library Exhibit: “We Shall March Ahead: Mississippi and the Civil Rights Movement”
This exhibit contains several cases devoted to the integration of the university, including the James Meredith, Russell Barrett (former UM professor of political science) and Sidna Brower Mitchell (former editor of The Daily Mississippian) cases.
Faulkner Room, UM Libraries