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Posted on: May 16th, 2014 by benita

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Posted on: October 7th, 2013 by benita

Welcome to WordPress Mu – Production Sites. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!

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Posted on: October 2nd, 2013 by benita

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Posted on: September 29th, 2013 by benita

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Legacies of the Battles of Ole Miss: The Meredith Crisis and the 1965 Southern Literary Festival

Posted on: September 27th, 2012 by benita

by Robert Hamblin

It’s always a useful exercise for any individual to examine strongly held beliefs to seek to understand how he came to hold them.  And for some of us it’s equally important to attempt to record this process of self-discovery in writing.  That’s what I seek to do in this essay with regard to my retrospective impressions of two events from my graduate school days at Ole Miss: the riot that accompanied the admission of James Meredith to the university in 1962 and the near-riot that occurred when a biracial delegation from Tougaloo College attended the Southern Literary Festival at Ole Miss in 1965.

In September 1962 I enrolled as a first-year graduate student at the University of Mississippi.  As coincidence would have it, that was also the month and year that James Meredith succeeded in becoming the first African-American student in the school’s history.  Meredith, a 29-year-old Air Force veteran who had completed three years of college, had first sought admission to Ole Miss in January 1961, but was denied entrance, as the U.S. Court of Appeals later concluded, “solely because he was a Negro.”  Only after an eighteen-month court battle which led to contempt citations against a number of state officials and university administrators was Meredith allowed to enroll at Ole Miss. (more…)

Timeline 1962-2012

Posted on: September 10th, 2012 by benita
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AP-Slide 5

Posted on: July 26th, 2012 by benita

Flanked by a horde of Mississippi Highway Patrolman, Negro James Meredith (center) is escorted away from State Building where his bid to enroll in the University of Mississippi was rejected personally by the states Governor, Ross Barnett. (Copyright Bettmann/Corbis / AP Images) (more…)

Posted on: July 26th, 2012 by benita

James Meredith and attorney Mrs. Constance Baker Motley. (Copyright Bettmann/Corbis / AP Images) (more…)

AP-slide3

Posted on: July 26th, 2012 by benita

James Meredith, center with briefcase, is escorted to the University of Mississippi campus in Oxford on Oct. 2, 1962. Escorting Meredith is Chief U.S. Marshal James McShane, left, and an unidentified marshal at right. To the far right is one of the U.S. Army troopers stationed on the University grounds. Meredith, a civil rights activist, is the first black student to attend the University of Mississippi after integregation. His presence sparked riots on the Oxford campus.  (AP Photo) (more…)

Associated Press Photo Gallery from 1962

Posted on: July 26th, 2012 by benita
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