Mississippi is fortunate in having men at its leadership who have vowed to prevent integration of our schools. The very sovereignty of our state is threatened'."
Most whites in the state opposed Meredith's admission, and the Governor of the state vowed not to allow Meredith to enter the school, or segregate other schools. A reporter notes, "The following day Barnett spoke on the air, saying, 'No schools will be integrated while I am your governor.' Calling Meredith's admission 'Our greatest crisis since the War Between the States,' Barnett said that the federal government was 'employing naked and arbitrary power'."
In fact, even after the courts assured Meredith he could enroll; Governor Barnett met him on the steps of the school and denied him admission. Meredith did finally attend the University for a year, and graduated in 1963 with a law degree.
Of course, his year at Ole Miss was not without trials. Initially, the other students ostracized him, and his campus life was surrounded with soldiers and marshals who guarded him throughout his stay on campus. Most of his professors treated him fairly, but rarely conversed or had any dealings with him, even in class. In short, Meredith's time on the campus was not easy. The other students never accepted him, and some of his professors acted as if he did not exist. His happiest times were the weekends spent in Jackson with his family. U.S. Marshals escorted him to Jackson and back each weekend. However, he did meet many black families in the Oxford area (where Ole Miss is located), and did enjoy friendships with many of them. His life on campus was lonely, and he never forgot the feeling of being the only black on campus.
During Meredith's fight to enter Ole Miss, he became more involved in the overall fight for civil rights, as well. In 1966, his first memoir, Three Years in Mississippi was published, and he undertook the Meredith Mississippi March Against Fear from Memphis, Tennessee, to Jackson, Mississippi. After only two days, someone shot him and left him by the side of the road as dead. The attack so angered other black civil rights groups that they banded together and finished the walk in his honor. Stokely Carmichael, one of the marchers, came up with the term "black power" during the march, and this was the beginning of the term associated with the black struggle to end oppression and prejudice. Thus, many credit Meredith as the father of the movement, although he did not coin the phrase. Meredith rejoined the march for a few days, and has always been an outspoken critic of nonviolence. However, his civil rights activities waned after the march.
Meredith went on to study and teach abroad for several years. He lectures, has taught, and is now the President of the Meredith Institute, Inc., a non-profit organization that teaches Black Americans the importance of language and how to read, write, and speak the English language.
It is interesting to note that Meredith always felt he was a soldier, even during all of his efforts to enroll...
He "grew up" during in the Air Force, and enjoyed the life of a soldier. When he returned to Mississippi in 1960, he felt he was returning to fight another war, the war for freedom and equality for blacks.
In an interview broadcast on CNN, he later says he was not courageous in his fight. He notes, "And the -- so it wasn't about being able to have the courage to do it. I mean, as far as I was concerned, I was dead. Most people were concentrating on dying. I was dead, because I could not live as a full citizen in this country'."
Meredith may not have felt courageous about his actions, but he was a great hero to many blacks throughout America. Because of his determination and courage, he opened up the University of Mississippi to other blacks, and many others schools followed suit. His fight to attend Ole' Miss brought national attention to the plight of blacks living in the South, and helped bring about civil rights changes in 1964 and beyond.
In conclusion, Meredith faced a long and very bitter struggle to enter the University (Ole Miss), because he was black. He subsequently became the first black student in the history of the school, and opened up enrollment to other blacks. (His son graduated from the school in 2002, for example, with a PhD.). Meredith's struggle indicates the great power of one motivated individual to change what seems incapable of changing. He faced an uphill battle but took it on because he knew it was the right thing to do. Future study of this phenomenon can include extensive reading on the Civil Rights Movement, and some of its other heroes, including Martin Luther King, Jr. And Malcolm X, two men who made a difference in the Movement and gave their lives because of it.
Editors. 2007. About James Meredith. Jackson, MI: Online. Available from Internet, ttp:/ / www.jamesmeredithbooks.com/about.html. accessed 16 April 2007.
Fisk, Candace D., and Beth Hurst. "James Meredith at Ole Miss: 'Victory over Discrimination'." Social Education 68, no. 6 (2004): 418+.
Levy, Peter B. The Civil Rights Movement. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1998.
Mazama, Ama. "Paul Hendrickson. Sons of Mississippi: A Story of Race and Its Legacy." African-American Review 37, no. 4 (2003): 662+.
Meredith, James H. 1996. Three Years in Mississippi. Jackson, MI: Meredith Publishing.
Mills, Kay. Changing Channels: The Civil Rights Case That Transformed Television. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2004.
Phillips, Kyra. 2002. Interview with Joseph Meredith, James Meredith. Atlanta, GA: CNN. Online. Available from Internet, http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0204/28/sm.19.html, accessed 16 April 2007.
Potter, Lee Ann. "Making the Abstract Concrete." Social Education 69, no. 7 (2005): 360+.
Thompson, Julius E. The Black Press in Mississippi, 1865-1985. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 1993.
Weill, Susan M. "Mississippi's Daily Press in Three Crises," in the Press and Race: Mississippi Journalists Confront the Movement. Edited by Davies, David R., 17-51. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2001.
Weisbrot, Robert. Freedom Bound: A History of America's Civil Rights Movement. New York W.W. Norton, 1990.
Candace D. Fisk, and Beth Hurst. 2004. "James Meredith at Ole Miss: 'Victory over Discrimination'," Social Education 68, no. 6.
James H. Meredith. 1996. Three Years in Mississippi. Jackson, MI: Meredith Publishing, 23.
3. Executive summary Cross-cultural units and companies structured around such units apparently pose numerous advantages, including a rich talent pool, edge over competition, invention, efficiency, and improved capability of offering diverse services/products. Nevertheless, firms adopting this strategy encounter several difficulties like disputes, communication and integration related issues and setbacks. In this paper, Greg James and his company, Sun Microsystems, will be examined. James is currently the company’s data recovery and protection department
James Autry: A biographical overview of an effective and ethical leader in business today If, as the title of his autobiography Confessions of An Accidental Businessman suggests, Jin Autry became a businessman by chance, he didn't walk away from the so-called accident. Rather, James Autry used his success to enrich the visions of everyday Americans of their personal living spaces. His best-known role is as the publisher of the popular middle-class
Espionage Burds, Chapter 19 Golden Age of Soviet "Illegals" Cambridge Five: Burgess, Blunt, Maclean, Philby and Cairncross These five were all discovered to be spying for the Soviets. Cairncross was never caught. He supplied Stalin with secrets that helped the Soviets stay ahead of British Intelligence, especially at the Battle of Kursk Cairncross also informed Stalin of ULTRA, when Churchill was hiding ULTRA from Stalin Cairncross supplied a total of 5832 documents to the Soviets Cairncros had been
This draws a pattern of the land price model, concentric as one moves away from CBD. An interesting element of the Japanese housing market system that is worth considering in terms of its impact on the housing market is the savings rate and savings behavior in Japan. Traditionally, the savings rate in Japan is high, with a population that is risk averse and tends to invest in instruments that have
C.O.R.E. And Its Role in the Black Freedom Struggle Nearly one hundred forty years ago, a tall, and not very good-looking, bearded man stepped out onto a great, open field. His tired eyes wandered over the bloody ground, over the earth covered with corpses, over the scene of one of the greatest battles in American History, and his words rang out true and clear -."..Our fathers brought forth on this
" The authors go on to mention that by comparing the Navajo silent film research with similar research using African-American high school drop-outs in Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania filmmakers, some "universals" and some differences as well came to light in the relationships between film and "linguistic" and cultural variables. Zhu Zhifang, "Linguistic Relativity and Cultural Communication," Educational Philosophy and Theory. The author, a Whorf hypothesis believer, goes to some lengths