James Meredith

Mr. James Meredith was a brave, smart, determined, and courageous person. James Meredith was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi. James was in the Air Force from 1951 to 1960, serving one tour in Japan. After leaving the Air Force, Meredith attended Jackson State University. After graduating, he then decided that segregation needed to end. He did that by enrolling at the University of Mississippi. Once people found out that a negro was enrolling into a white school, many people thought that the problem needed to be fixed, the people at the University of Mississippi began to riot, leaving two people dead.

Once he left the University of Mississippi he wrote a book name Three Years in Mississippi. He took a stand with Martin Luther King and walked the streets with him. One time at a protest at the Tennessee-Mississippi border a person tried to assassinate him. The person didn't kill him, but it left him not able to go to any protests until the protesters got to Jackson, Mississippi, where he showed up just before the protest started. James Meredith took a stand against segregation by going to The University of Mississippi, which helped speed up the process of ending it.

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