The Mission Continues: Building Upon the Legacy
In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Brown v. Board of Education, declaring separate schools “inherently unequal,” mandating integration of schools. Some schools and universities accepted integration easily, while others put up great resistance.
Almost a decade later, the University of Mississippi was ordered by the federal appeals court to admit its first Black student, James Meredith. Upon his arrival, a mob of more than 2,000 white people rioted, but Meredith never wavered.