James Meredith

In 1962 James Meredith became the first African American to enroll at the University of Mississippi. During the 2002 - 2003 academic year, the university commemorated Meredith's integration of the school with a year long celebration, "Open Doors."

Open Doors

-picture taken from Daily Mississippian

First African-American Female Graduates

In 1968, the university graduated the first African-American females. The graduates, Joyce Watson, Laura Croft Jordan, Eunice Burt, Alice Hillard Buford, Nola McKee Leggett, and Verna Bailey were recently honored during an "Open Doors" luncheon in March 2003.


Tougaloo Incident

On April 22, 1965, a professor and a racially mixed group of students from Tougaloo arrived at the University of Mississippi as delegates to the Southern Literary Festival. During the later part of the evening, a sizeable group gathered in front of the residence hall where the male Tougaloo delegates were housed. The crowd of students threw firecrackers, bottles, and rocks. The Tougaloo delegates staying in the male residence hall also had their vehicle damaged after a number of students had gathered near it. As a result of the incident, the university expelled two of the students involved, issued a suspended sentence to one individual, and several other students were referred to the Student Judicial Council.


Editorial on Tougaloo Incident


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