The University of Mississippi vs. James Meredith

James Meredith, (center) and his attorneys, Mrs. Constance Motley, (left) and Jack Greensberg, (right) paused briefly to talk with reporters in front of the Federal Courts Building in New Orleans.

September 30 - October 1 - Oxford, MS - James Meredith, former Staff Sergeant of the Air Force, along with his legal team from the NAACP, ended an 18-month court battle to be allowed to enroll at the University of Mississippi over the objections of Governor Ross Barnett and white segregationists.   Although President Kennedy addressed the nation asking Mississippians to obey the law and "live up to their honor," violence erupted on the campus and continued for fifteen hours.