The University of Mississippi
James Meredith Open Doors Graduation
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Schedule of Activities

(9/19/02, Subject to Revision)

October '02

November '02
Int'l. Conference on Race | schedule(opens new window)
Ongoing: Self-guided walking tour of campus sites associated with the university's integration. Brochures at the Alumni Center, other campus locations.
Through Nov. 4 - Literary Exhibit - "Civil Rights, Mississippi & the Novelist's Craft." J.D. Williams Library - Special Collections.
Through Dec. 20 University Museums Exhibit: Mel Roman's "Marking Time."
Through Dec. 20 Photo Exhibit: "You & 1962," collection of student media photographs. Student Union, open daily.
Aug. 22 - New Student Convocation. Dedicated to Meredith, faculty, staff and students of '62.
Sept. 17, 8 p.m. - Lucy Somerville Howorth Lecture: Jan Goodwin, “Price of Honor: Life for Muslim Women under Militant Islam.” Fulton Chapel.
Sept. 24, 4 p.m. - Film and panel discussion: “The Significance of 10/1/62: the Integration of the University of Mississippi;” sponsored by Multicultural Programming; Fulton Chapel.
Sept. 25, 7 p.m. - Special showing of “Eyes on the Prize” documentary on Civil Rights Movement; 107 Croft Institute.
Sept. 25-27 - Porter L. Fortune Jr. History Symposium "Race & Sport: The Struggle for Equality On & Off the Field." Yerby Conference Center. Contact Dr. Charles Ross at or 662-915-5978.
Sept. 29, 8 p.m. - “We’ll Never Turn Back,” a one-hour documentary about civil rights activism to be shown on east side of Lafayette County Courthouse, downtown Oxford Square. Folding chairs recommended. Sponsored by Southern Foodways Alliance.

September 30
 Morning - Oral history video taping begins.
 12:30 p.m. - U.S. District Judge Constance Baker Motley (NY), who was James Meredith's chief legal counsel, talks with Law 541 Legal History class (Hoffheimer), Law Center.
 2 p.m. - Public Forum: "Integration of Higher Education in Mississippi." Judge Motley, U.S. District Judge Neal Biggers (MS), and journalist Curtis Wilkie. Law Center, Moot Court Room.
 4 p.m. - "Anniversary Portrait" of 1962 participants.
 All day - Library Special Collections to receive memorabilia for archives.
 6 p.m. - Evening Prayer Service at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, downtown Oxford; reception for Bishop Duncan Gray Jr., former rector.

October 1 - Anniversary Day
(date of Meredith registration)
8:00 Class lectures, forums for guests begin
• Noted photojournalist Charles Moore talks to Photo Journalism Class, Farley Hall. Moore was in Lyceum Building during violence Sept. 30, 1962, and has retained an extensive collection of photos from that time.
• Former Daily Mississippian editor Sidna Brower Mitchell talks to Writing for Media class, Farley Hall.
10:30 U.S. Marshals Service presents original poster artwork to Chancellor, Lyceum
11:30 City of Oxford Commendation Ceremony at City Hall to honor National Guard, U.S.Army personnel, marshals and other federal troops from 1962
Noon City of Oxford barbecue lunch on Lafayette County Courthouse lawn in honor of military personnel
Noon Student-to-Student luncheon, '62 leaders mingle with '02 leaders and share experiences; sponsored by ODK Leadership Society, Johnson Commons
1:00 Meredith bodyguard Henry Gallagher and Pres. Kennedy's man on campus James Symington talk with Journalism 301 History of Mass Media class (Morris), Farley Hall
2:00 Book signing, William Doyle, "An American Insurrection," Square Books
3:00 University Law School presentation and reception for Mrs. Myrlie Evers Williams
5:00 All Open Doors guests, photo on Lyceum front steps
5:30 Community Dinner on the Grounds in the Circle; music by University Gospel Choir, University Concert Singers on east steps of Lyceum. Tickets $3 by calling 915-7411
7:00 Welcome, brief remarks by Chancellor, others
7:30 Symbolic walk through Lyceum to Ellipse between Lyceum and Williams Library; ceremony commemorating James Meredith’s entrance into Ole Miss
7:40 Address by Mrs. Myrlie Evers-Williams. Introduction by Gov. William Winter.
Oct. 2, 8:30 - Breakfast for guests; Alumni Center’s Butler auditorium
Oct. 3, 12:15 p.m. - “Union Unplugged,” The University of Mississippi Gospel Choir, singing Caribbean, jazz and pop; Union Plaza ( rain location: Southern Breeze)
Oct. 17, 12:15 p.m. - “Union Unplugged,” The Threat, performing hip-hop; Union Plaza ( rain location: Southern Breeze)
Oct. 21 - Noon - Isom Center Lecture Series, Srujana Kanjula, visiting professor in political science, “South African Women Against Apartheid.” Isom Center
Oct. 24, 12:15 p.m. - “Union Unplugged,” Joy Spring Quintet, playing jazz; Union Plaza ( rain location: Southern Breeze)
Through Nov. 4 - Literary Exhibit - "Civil Rights, Mississippi & the Novelist's Craft," J.D. Williams Library - Special Collections.
Nov. 12 - Journalism Dept.'s Silver Em Day recognizing outstanding journalists; program tailored to Open Doors observance (ticketed event)
Through Dec. 20 University Museums Exhibit: Mel Roman's "Marking Time."
Through Dec. 20 Photo Exhibit: "You & 1962," collection of student media photographs. Student Union, open daily.
Through March '03 - J.D. Williams Library Special Collections exhibition, "Segregration Through the Lens: African-American Schools in Mississippi before Integration"
Feb. '03 - Black History Month, see for event dates & details
Feb. 9-10 Oral History Collection. Contact Ellen Meacham:
Feb. 17, 7 p.m. - Grisham Writers Series guest reading by Clifton Taulbert, guest reading. Location TBA
Feb. 19-21 - Statewide Student Unity Summit, co-sponsored with the University of Southern Mississippi, in Hattiesburg. Contact Susan Glisson:
Feb. 20 - Celebration of the Life of William Winter. Old State Capital, Jackson, MS. Contact Susan Glisson:
Feb. 21 - Conference:"The Permissibility of Race or Ethnicity as a Factor in Assessing the Reasonableness of a Search or Seizure," by UM's National Center for Justice and the Rule of Law
March 17 - Medgar Evers Institute Lecture Series, cosponsored by the Medgar Evers Institute and the Institute for Racial Reconciliation. Jackson, MS. Contact Susan Glisson:
March 21-22 - Black Alumni Reunion
April to September - J.D. Williams Library Special Collections exhibition, "We Cannot Walk Alone"
April 4-5 Oral History Collection. Contact Ellen Meacham:
May 10 - Commencement
Oct. 1-4 - International Conference on Race, sponsored by the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation



















National Public Radio coverage:
WEEKEND SUNDAY EDITION, Sept. 29, 7 a.m. Host Lianne Hansen interviews William Doyle, author of "An American Insurrection." Cheryl Corley's report, "Following in Meredith's Footsteps," features Vice Chancellor Donald Cole and black students at Ole Miss. (14 minutes)

MORNING EDITION, Sept 30, 20 minutes before the hour, beginning at 5 a.m. David Molpus reports on the night of the riot through an Army 2nd Lt., who led troops into Oxford, and "Chooky" Falkner, the Captain in charge of the National Guard in Oxford. They arrived on campus 10 minutes before Marshals would have run out of tear gas and had to use bullets. (8 minutes)

ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, Sept 30, 4:30 p.m. Molpus and Corley report on Ole Miss today, talking with students, faculty and alumni about race, symbols, old traditions and new ones, such as an integrated gospel choir, black and white fraternities holding swaps and fund-raising events together, and the new Civil Rights memorial. (20 minutes)

Oct 1, precise air-time unknown. Senior correspondent Juan Williams profiles James Meredith and reports on his place in history. (8 minutes)