1By Sophia Gluba Elementary Grade 6 James Howard MeredithBySophia GlubaElementary Grade 6
2Who is James Meredith?James Meredith was an American Civil Rights Movement activist.He played a role to integrate the University of Mississippi.
3His Early LifeJames Meredith was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi on June 25th, 1933.He was raised on a farm with nine brothers and sisters.He was in the U.S. military from
4First Run in with Racism His first run in with racism was when he was on a train going home from a trip.He was ordered to give up his seat.He had to move to the crowded “black section” of the train.He stood during the whole trip home because of overcrowding.
5University of Mississippi He was admitted to the University of Mississippi.The admission was withdrawn when they discovered his race.The District Court ruled that he should not be accepted to Ole’ Miss.The Supreme Court ruled in his favor.He registered for classes in 1962.
6Trying to enter the School Governor Ross tried to physically block James Meredith from entering the school.President John F. Kennedy sent:Military PoliceTroops from the Mississippi National GuardOfficials from the U.S. Border ControlsAnd 500 U.S. Marshallsto the University of Mississippi.
7EducationHe received a degree in political science at he University of Mississippi in 1963.He obtained a Masters Degree in Economics at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria.He also wrote a book titled:Three Years in Mississippi.
8He was shot!June 6th, 1966 James Meredith was shot while participating in the “March Against Fear”.He was shot by a sniper.He was taken to the hospital where he recovered.
9His Legacy James Meredith integrated Ole’ Miss. He is an important civil rights figure.He has inspired many people by his courage and determination.
10Quotes“My answer to the racial problem in America is not to deal with it at all. The founding fathers dealt with it when they made the constitution.”“He vowed then that he would dedicate his life ensuring equal treatment for African Americans.”