James Howard Meredith was born on June 25, 1933 in Kosciusko, Mississippi He is a veteran of the Civil Rights Movement, writer, political adviser, and Air Force veteran.
On October 1, 1962, Meredith was the first Black student to enroll at the University of Mississippi. Preceded by violent rioting resulting in two deaths and a lengthy court battle that made it all the way to the Supreme Court, his admission was a pivotal moment in civil rights history.
Citing his “divine responsibility” to end white supremacy, Meredith risked everything to attend Ole Miss. In doing so, he paved the way for integration across the country.
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