James Meredith
By: Morgan Madison

"My answer to the racial problem in America is to not deal with it at all. The founding fathers dealt with it when they made the Constitution."

-James Meredith

     James Meredith was born on June 25,1933 in Kosciusko,Mississippi. He is best known for becoming the first African American to attend the University of Mississippi. When he first tried to attend, they denied his registration. He then started a courageous one man protest known as the "Walk against Fear" from Memphis,Tennessee, to Jackson,Mississippi. He was later shot on his way into Mississippi, and recovered in the hospital while Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. finished the march with him.

     When James Meredith applied again, they accepted him into the University. Every single day, James Meredith had to be escorted by U.S. Marshals that President John F. Kennedy sent to protect him from riots. These riots were so wild that 2 people died as a result from it. Still, James Meredith was determined to graduate from the University. In 1963, James Meredith graduated with a political science degree. People thought he would've been afraid, but he never let them see fear in his face.

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