Meredith Graduates from Ole Miss

January 30, 1963, Meredith announced at a Jackson news conference, “I have concluded that the ‘Negro’ should not return to the University of Mississippi.  The prospects of him are too unpromising.” His statement had left many stunned.  “However,” Meredith continued, “I have decided that I, J.H. Meredith, will register for the second semester at the University of Mississippi.”

At 5:12 P.M. on August 19, 1963, James Meredith received his Ole Miss diploma, a handshake, and “congratulations and good luck” from Chancellor Williams


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