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Fifty Years Later: Integration of Ole Miss

By Sandra Knispel | Published 01 Dec 2012 11:02am | comments
ON OCTOBER 1ST, 1962, JAMES MEREDITH IS ESCORTED BY U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE OFFICIALS AND FEDERAL MARSHALS AS HE ENROLLS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI.

Fifty years ago James Meredith became the first black student to enroll at the University of Mississippi, after a night of deadly riots. In this series of reports, MPB’s Sandra Knispel looks at the effects on the state today. Also, the U.S. Marshalls sent to ensure  safety on the campus  recount  their days of protecting James Meredith. Fifty years ago, the marshals were greeted by bottles, Molotov cocktails and guns. This time the reception in Oxford was much friendlier. 



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