60th Anniversary of Integration at the University of Mississippi
On Oct. 1, 1962, James Meredith became the first African-American student to enroll at the University of Mississippi. Now, 60 years later, his legacy is lasting and prominent on campus.
Upon his arrival, flanked by the National Guard, Meredith was met with a violent mob of white protestors. The resistance didn’t stop the entire two semesters of his enrollment; he was constantly harassed on campus, in class, and even in his dormitory.
The racism and disorder was so prevalent that Meredith was provided with constant protection from federal marshals for the entirety of his time at the university. Despite the adversity, Meredith graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1963 with a degree in political science.
This year, he was named an honorary deputy marshal by the U.S. Marshals Service Director Ronald Davis.
“The integration of the University of Mississippi by James Meredith in 1962 is a pivotal moment in our history, and his courageous actions resonate across our community to this day,” said Chancellor Glenn Boyce. “His example inspires our commitment to be a place where every community member feels welcome to pursue their dreams and flourish.”
Meredith was presented with a framed Ole Miss jersey sporting the number 62 at this year’s homecoming game to commemorate the 60th anniversary of him integrating the university.