James Meredith,


James Meredith, "The Negro's Struggle for Civil Rights," 1964


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James Howard Meredith (born June 25, 1933) is a Civil Rights Movement figure, writer, political adviser and Air Force veteran. In 1962, he became the first African-American student admitted to the segregated University of Mississippi, after the intervention of the federal government, an event that was a flashpoint in the Civil Rights Movement. In this address, sponsored by the EMU Presents Lecture Series, Meredith claims that the number one problem in America is not Civil Rights, but instead white supremacy, and the failure of the U.S. government to assure equal rights to all citizens. Meredith begins with the post-Civil War adoption of the Mississippi Plan by the United States Supreme Court, and lays out subsequent efforts by the United States, north and south, to enforce variations on the “separate but equal” doctrine of the southern states.


James Meredith, University of Mississippi, Reconstruction, American Civil Rights Movement, American Civil War, John F. Kennedy, Klu Klux Klan, white supremacy, Supreme Court of the United States, Mississippi Plan, white man’s burden, imperialism

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James Meredith,