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Welcome to Retroville! It's 1962!

James H. Meredith:

Born:
  • 1933
  • Kosciusko, Attala County, Mississippi

Died:

  • living as of 1997
James H. Meredith integrated the University of Mississippi in 1962
Family:
  • unknown

Major Events:

  • Born 1933 in Mississippi
  • Won an American Legion essay contest in 1951 by outlining plans to make America free for all men and women
  • 1951-1960 served in the U.S. Air Force becoming a Sergeant while taking extension classes
  • Attended Jackson State College from 1960-1962
  • Submitted an application to the University of Mississippi in January 1961 and was denied admission
  • In 1962, Meredith won a legal battle that culminated in a court decision in June to allow Meredith to attend the University of Mississippi and he became the first African American to do so and graduate from a non-black university in the United States
  • Graduated from University of Mississippi in August 1963
  • Studied economics at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria throughout 1964 and 1965
  • Entered Columbia University School of Law earning his J.D. in 1968
  • Participated in the "March Against Fear" from Memphis to Jackson, MS, in June 1966 to encourage blacks to register to vote despite heated and often violent anti-registration protests throughout the South
  • Ran for Congress in a Special Election in New York City against Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
  • Ran for Congress in Mississippi in 1972, but lost
  • Taught Afro-American Studies as a visiting professor at the University of Cincinnati throughout 1984 and 1985
  • Worked for Senator Jesse Helms in 1989
  • Founded Meredith Publishing in Jackson, MS, in 1991
  • In 1997, Meredith established the Meredith Institute to teach proper English to black males

Writings:

  • Three Years in Mississippi (1966)
  • Mississippi:  A Volume of Eleven Books (1994)
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