On October 1, 1962 James Meredith became the first African-American student at the University of Mississippi, commonly referred to a Ole Miss. It took 3 applications to Ole Miss, 30,000 US troops, federal Marshals and National Guardsmen, a Supreme Court ruling, the US Attorney General, and the US President to get Meredith through those doors 50 years ago.
James Meredith knew what his goals were, and knew the challenges that lay ahead. I can only hope to have 1% of this man’s strength, conviction, and courage.
P.S. The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum has a great digital timeline with government documents about this.