Today in History: James H. Meredith Accepted into the University of Mississippi

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James H. Meredith

On this day in 1962, Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black, vacated an order of a lower court, ruling that the University of Mississippi had to admit James H. Meredith, a Black Air Force veteran

Meredith’s application for admission had been on file and in the courts for fourteen months.

The event was a flashpoint in the American civil rights movement. Motivated by President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address, Meredith decided to exercise his constitutional rights and apply to the University of Mississippi.

Meredith was an American civil rights movement figure, a writer, and a political adviser.

His goal was to put pressure on the Kennedy administration to enforce civil rights for African Americans.

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