Week of Commemoration

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.

Contact: engaged@olemiss.edu

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
Contact: wwberry@olemiss.edu

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

Contact: asb.president@go.olemiss.edu

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 jaclemon@olemiss.edu

“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
Contact: morgan@go.olemiss.edu

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 umbo@olemiss.edu or 662-915-7411.

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

Video: https://youtu.be/qg108fT9LhM

Live-Stream: https://www.btsvirtual.com/buildinguponthelegacy

Thursday, Sept. 29

Lunch & Discussion with Student Leaders

Time: Noon-1:30 p.m.
Location: Student Union, Room 325
Contact: 60years@olemiss.edu

“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
Contact: jwford@olemiss.edu

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
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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

Legacy Celebration: African American Firsts at UM Alumni Celebration

Reservations required.

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: Johnson Commons Ballroom
Contact: 60years@olemiss.edu

Saturday, Oct. 1

Ole Miss vs. Kentucky football game

Time: TBD
Location: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium

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

More information and registration
Contact: 60years@olemiss.edu