Timeline of James Meredith

  • Jan. 26, 1961, Ole Miss receives letter from Meredith requesting application
  • Jan. 31, Meredith mails in application stating he is an African-American
  • Feb. 4, Meredith receives telegram denying his registration
  • May 31, Meredith began (NAACP) legal battle against Ole Miss
  • Feb. 3, 1962, Judge Sidney Mize ruled that race was not cause of rejection
  • April 20, Court of Appeals hears case
  • June 25, Judge Wisdom ruled that Ole Miss denied him because of race
  • Sept. 20, Meredith denied at Oxford registration
  • Sept. 30, Meredith is flown into Oxford with 170 marshals.                                                                                                                        ( The following night a violent riot breaks out resulting in two deaths)
  • Oct. 1, Meredith successfully registers for classes
  • August 19, 1963. Meredith recieves his Ole Miss diploma

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