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James H. Meredith v. Charles Fair

In the same month that Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes matriculated to the University of Georgia (January 1961), another African American student sought to exercise his civil rights and take advantage of an education at his state university. James Meredith began correspondence with the Office of the Registrar at the University of Mississippi like any other potential student - by asking for an admissions application and a catalog. However, after identifying himself as an "American-Mississippi-Negro citizen" in another letter on January 31, 1961, his admissions process ground to a halt, forcing him to write subsequent letters, and ultimately file suit against Charles Fair, President of the board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning. The court ruled in favor of Mr. Meredith, and he began classes at the university in September 1962.

Subject

African Americans | Desegregation | Education

Creator

Records of District Courts of the United States,
Record Group 21

Source

Jackson Civil Case Files, 1938-1966

Date

1961-1962

Rights

National Archives at Atlanta

Format

Textual Document, 8 pages

Identifier

National Archives Identifier 731663

Coverage

Jackson (Miss.) | Oxford (Miss.)

Original Format

Paper
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