Calendar of Events


The university’s Associated Student Body, Black Student Union and Graduate Student Council are leading an effort called “Letters to Mr. Meredith” to allow members of the campus community to express their gratitude to Meredith and share reflections and words of appreciation. Letters can be submitted via this form.

Monday, Sept. 26-Friday, Sept. 30

Week of Service

A childhood literacy project centered on the four pillars of courage, opportunity, knowledge and perseverance. 

Centered on the virtues of courage, perseverance, knowledge and opportunity, the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement will be partnering with the School of Education and local school districts for a week of service. Junior and senior education students will share the significance of James Meredith’s mission and legacy for our university, local community, state and nation with fourth grade classrooms. Volunteers will then lead a reading of Pass It On! by Dr. Gloria J. McEwen Burgess. We hope that all students and volunteers will be able to identify simple, purposeful acts of kindness that improve the lives of others and strengthen the fabric of communities.


Monday, Sept. 26

You Asked For the Facts: Robert Kennedy at the University of Mississippi Documentary

The documentary explores Robert Kennedy’s visit to the law school and discussion of the events of the Meredith integration.

Time: 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Location: Robert C. Khayat Law Center, Weems Auditorium, Room 1078

Networking Lunch for Graduate Students

The Graduate School and Office of Global Engagement are hosting a networking lunch for graduate students to learn more about integration at the University of Mississippi. Guest speakers include Derrick Harriell, interim director of African American Studies, and Charles Ross, professor of History and African American Studies.

Time: Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Location: Union Ballroom

RSVP (space is limited): Google Form RSVP

Outdoor Movie Screening (42)
Hosted by the Associated Student Body & Student Activities Association
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: The Grove


Tuesday, Sept. 27

“Dear Mr. Meredith”

As James Meredith petitioned for admittance to the then-segregated university, letters addressed to him poured in from around the world. Join our experts to hear how they are digitizing and mapping these letters, see how wide-reaching this pivotal moment in the history of the University was, and learn about how complex and nuanced assumptions about the geographical limits of racism were in America.

Time: Noon
Location: J.D. Williams Library, Faulkner Room, Room 318A
Contact: Adam

“Meredith & the Media: The Legacy of a Riot”

Featuring a panel of journalists who either covered or have researched media coverage of Meredith’s enrollment and subsequent riot. The conversation will focus on how media coverage of the event has shaped the public’s view of the university both in 1962 and in the decades since.

Hosted by Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics.
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Overby Auditorium

Sarahfest Art Show Closing Reception: An Evening of Conversation with Elaine Tomlin’s Family & Friends

Time: 6–7:30 p.m.

Location: Powerhouse Community Arts Center

More information

Wednesday, Sept. 28

“The Mission Continues: Building Upon the Legacy”

Signature event honoring James Meredith and his contributions to the University of Mississippi. This event will also be live-streamed. Reserve your complimentary tickets today by contacting or 662-915-7411.

Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts


Thursday, Sept. 29

Lunch & Discussion with Student Leaders

Time: Noon-1:30 p.m.
Location: Student Union, Room 325

“Coming Full Circle: My Journey through the University of Mississippi, to Many Points Beyond and Back” with Dorothye Quaye Chapman Reed

Dottie Quaye Chapman Reed, a 1974 graduate of the University of Mississippi and former admissions counselor, will speak about her life as a student following the integration of the University, her career, as well as her trips back to campus for commemorations.

Hosted by the University of Mississippi Libraries, Department of Archives & Special Collections
Time: Noon
Location: Chapman Reed, 3rd Floor, J.D. Williams Library

Slavery Research Group Tour

Join a walking tour led by History Ph.D. candidate Don Guillory and created by the Slavery Research Group that incorporates the university’s integration history contextualized outside buildings on campus.

Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Outside J.D. Williams Library facing the Lyceum
More Information

Alumni Hall of Fame Gala

Hosted by the Ole Miss Alumni Association
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: The Inn at Ole Miss

Friday, Sept. 30

Fireside Chat with Nicole Tisdale

Nicole Tisdale is a successful and accomplished alumna of the university who is receiving an Outstanding Young Alumni Award. She will speak about her experience in government as a black woman as well as the actions needed to take to be a change maker. Hosted by the Constance Slaughter-Harvey Chapter of Black Law Students Association, Governent Law Student Association and Public Interest Law Foundation.

Time: 12:30 p.m.

Location: UM School of Law


Legacy Celebration: African American Firsts at UM Alumni Celebration

Reservations required.

Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Johnson Commons Ballroom

October 2022

Date TBD

Cross Cultural Excursion

Location: Mississippi (Jackson) or National (Memphis) Civil Rights Museum

Saturday, Oct. 1

Ole Miss vs. Kentucky football game

Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium

Special on-field presentation at the end of the first quarter


Sunday, Oct. 2

The Longest Table: Community Dinner & Conversations

An opportunity to share a meal and connect with others at a table that spans the Circle.

Time: 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Location: The Lyceum Circle

More Information and registration


Tuesday, Oct. 11

Trailblazer Talks

What does being a trailblazer mean to you? Join us for open dialogue and conversation about being a trailblazer on campus. Hear from other UM trailblazers hosted by a very special guest.

Hosted by: The Black Student Union
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Bryant Hall, Room 209


Thursday, Oct. 13

Hidden Figures Museum

As we continue the celebration of the 60th anniversary of integration at the University of Mississippi, we would like to highlight a very notable historic figure, James Meredith. Please join us as we honor Mr. Meredith and highlight other black hidden figures whose stories went untold.

Hosted by: The Black Student Union
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Student Union Ballroom


Tuesday, Oct. 18

“M Is for Mississippi and Mobilization: Rhetorical Acts of Resistance after the Murder of Emmett Till” Lecture

Professor Brandon Erby from the University of Kentucky will discuss his current research.

Hosted by: The Department of Writing and Rhetoric

Time: 3 p.m.



Saturday, Oct. 22

Ford Center Artist Series

Jay Jurden is an alumnus of the university (B.F.A. Theatre, Acting) and a native Mississippian. He is making a name for himself as a comic and writer. He was nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award for his work on The Problem With Jon Stewart Show. His writing reflects racism and other current social issues seen through the lens of a Black male.

Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Ford Center


Tuesday, Oct. 25

The Movement Made Us: A Conversation with David Dennis, Sr., and David Dennis, Jr.

A father and son discuss the legacy of a Freedom Ride.

Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Student Union Auditorium, Room 124

November 2022

Thursday, Nov. 3

“14 Black Classicists” Exhibit and Talk with Dr. Michele Ronnick

The Department of Classics will host “14 Black Classicists,” a project of Dr. Michele Ronnick of Wayne State University, assembling photographs and short biographies of 14 prominent Black classicists of the late 19th and early 20th century. The exhibit reflects on the role of advanced education (and the study of Classics in particular) in establishing a free and prosperous Black community in the U.S. and in the building of the American civil rights movement.

Hosted by the Department of Classics
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Bryant Hall’s Farrington Gallery

January 2023

Tuesday, Jan. 31

Open Doors

Dinner and conversations with UM administrators

Time: 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Location: The Lyceum

February 2023

Tuesday, Feb. 7

Documentary Screening
Documentary screening with discussion led by Dr. Judy Meredith

Time: 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Location: Student Union Auditorium

Black History Month Keynote Address

Join us for the 2023 Black History Month Keynote Address featuring Dr. Judy Meredith

Time: 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Location: Student Union Ballroom


Friday, Feb. 17

Black Student Union’s 10th Annual Black History Month Gala

Time: 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Location: The Inn at Ole Miss


Thursday, Feb. 23

James Meredith’s Legacy and Student Activism Today

A discussion with Dr. Joy Williamson-Lott, author of Jim Crow Campus: Higher Education and the Struggle for a New Southern Social Order

Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Robert C. Khayat Law Center, Weems Auditorium, Room 1078


Saturday, Feb. 25

Annual Oxford-Lafayette NAACP Banquet  

Hosted by the Oxford-Lafayette NAACP and University Development

Time: 1 p.m.- 3 p.m.
Location: TBD


Monday, Feb. 27

Faculty and Graduate Student Forum on Race & Ethnicity                          
University of Mississippi faculty, M.A., and Ph.D. students from all disciplines and from all colleges and schools are invited to share and discuss their research on race and ethnicity, broadly conceived, in both the United States and abroad. This forum will foster cross-disciplinary exchange, collaboration and conversations across the university to support and highlight research on race and ethnicity being done on our own campus.

Hosted by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture and the Envisioned Center for the Study of Race & Racism
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Triplett Alumni Center, Butler Auditorium

March 2023

Date TBD

Cross Cultural Excursion

Location: Mississippi Civil Rights Museum


Friday, March 31

Veteran & Military Services Gala with Special Recognition of James Meredith

Black tie event with a cocktail hour and dinner and program to follow.

Time: 6 p.m. (Cocktail Hour), 7 p.m. (Dinner & Program)
Location: Student Union Ballroom

April 2023

Tuesday, April 11

Celebrating Diversity Excellence
End-of-year celebration with more information to come.

Time: 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Location: Student Union Ballroom

Friday, April 21

“…And Justice for All by Kyle Pederson” Program

“..and Justice for All” is a choral work composed by Kyle Pederson that was commissioned to celebrate World Peace Day by AVoice4Peace organization. Ole Miss Choirs is one of the commissioning universities.

Hosted by: The Department of Music

Time: 7:30 p.m.