Integrating Ole Miss presents the University of Mississippi as a microcosm for the Civil Rights Movement in the state and across the nation.
In the midst of the Civil Rights Movement, James Meredith became the first Black student to enroll at Ole Miss. His application created an uproar that made news around the world and culminated in a deadly riot and federal intervention. Fifty years later, the university is fully integrated and, in 2008, international spotlight was once again on the university – this time, however, to cover a presidential debate that featured the man who would become America’s first Black President.
From the status quo of 1960 to today, Ole Miss, like America, has grown and changed.