James Meredith Annihilating The Walls Of Segregation
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James Meredith Annihilating the Walls of Segregation
The early 1960s, a time that was on the brink of revolutionizing the United States, as Americans thought they knew it. This was a time of great inequality and segregation amongst White-Americans and African-Americans. The fight for equality and rights for Americans was at the height. One university, the University Mississippi also known as Ole Miss, strong rooted in the traditional heritage of the “Old South” the University was very strict they have never admitted an African American student until 1962, James Meredith. James Meredith’s admission to the University of Mississippi served as a catalyst not only for himself in life, but for the African American community and furthering prosperity for the University.
In the 1950s and into the early 1960s, emerges one of the largest protests in the history of the United States, the Civil Rights movement. A movement started by African Americans protesting for the end of racial segregation and for the end of discrimination. James Meredith played a key role in the civil rights movement. Breaking down the door of segregation at the University of Mississippi. James Meredith is an African American man from Attala County, Mississippi. Meredith faced adversity from the beginning of his life, being born in a time of great poverty and inequality for the African American race. “He had great self-determination, walking to school four miles each way. Attending an unequal school with unqualified teachers and no designated African American school bus to ride” (Doc. 1). Even with having to overcome these challenges every day, Meredith realizes how privileged he is. Seeing other young boys and people of his ethnicity not having the freedom to get a...
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...r the protection of his life and property” (Doc. 5). Also in the letter he mentioned various Marshals and giving thanks for the great price they gave so that he would have the opportunity to make history and accomplish it. This was and is an ongoing battle for true equality for all peoples of America. Meredith had a deep yearning for the right Government officials to be empowered so that equal rights will be given to every citizen of the United States of America (Doc. 5). James Meredith is now recognized as one of the greatest civil rights activist in history, for the fight of ending segregation in the United States. He was the first but was not the last African American to be admitted to the University of Mississippi. Inspiring many African Americans across the country, soon following in his footsteps in the effort for obtaining their civil rights and true equality.