James Meredith becomes the 1st black person to graduate from the University of Mississippi. He graduated with a degree in political science.
James Howard Meredith is a civil rights movement figure, a writer, and a political adviser. In 1962, he was the 1st African-American student admitted to the segregated University of Mississippi, an event that was a flashpoint in the American civil rights movement.
Motivated by President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address, Meredith decided to exercise his constitutional rights and apply to the University of Mississippi. His goal was to put pressure on the Kennedy administration to enforce civil rights for African Americans.