Monday, October 1, 2012
James Meredith changed Mississippi forever when he enrolled at the state's segregated flagship university 50 years ago.
Yet he says he doesn't plan to participate in the University of Mississippi's commemoration of his enrollment, which prompted a state-federal standoff, sparked deadly mob violence and ended the university's official policy of racial segregation.
The university has invited Meredith to take part in events to mark the anniversary, including a walk Monday to retrace his first day on campus.
These days, Meredith says he'd rather talk about what he sees as his current mission from God. He wants every black congregation in Mississippi to take responsibility for each child born within two miles of the church and make sure each receives a good education and proper moral upbringing.