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James Meredith

Civil Rights Activist James Meredith

Profession: Civil Rights Activist

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: First African-American student and graduate of the previously segregated University of Mississippi.

Born: June 25, 1933
Birthplace: Kosciusko, Mississippi, USA
Age: 88 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Cancer

Historical Events

  • 1961-09-20 African-American student James Meredith is refused enrolment to the segregated University of Mississippi
  • 1962-09-20 Mississippi Governor Ross Barnett refuses to admit an African-American, James Meredith, to Mississippi University
  • 1962-09-30 James Meredith registers for classes at University of Mississippi
  • 1962-10-01 James Meredith becomes the 1st black student at the University of Mississippi
  • 1963-08-18 James Meredith becomes the 1st black graduate from University of Mississippi
  • 1966-06-06 Civil rights activist James Meredith wounded by white sniper in Mississippi

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