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Dixie's Dirty Secret
After the landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling in 1954 mandated the desegregation of schools nationwide, the legislature in the state of Mississippi created the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission, the basic mission of which was to prevent integration in that state. This book is an investigative history of the Commission, other government agencies (including the FBI), and organized crime, all of which conspired to break the law in dealing with civil-rights and antiwar activists during the 1950s and 1960s. The author uncovers new information about the efforts of FBI agents to combat integration and exposes the longest-running conspiracy in American history.
More than a half-century after he became the first African American to attend the University of Mississippi -- an iconic moment in the strive for racial equality -- James Meredith says he's found the courage to embark on another mission from God. Now 85, Meredith has set out to use his influence within the state as a champion of the African-American community to encourage black lay Christians to hold each other accountable and raise society's "moral character. "Maybe in a lot of places James Meredith doesn't count for much, but in Mississippi he does and I believe Mississippi is the center of the universe," Meredith told UPI in a recent interview. Meredith enrolled and attended the Oxford, Miss. Then 29, Meredith fought Mississippi's government -- with the full backing of President John Kennedy -- for his civil rights. ' I was born in the United States of America and therefore I was a full citizen," he said. "I may have recognized somebody with the capacity to force me not to enjoy some of my rights, but never would I give up any. Meredith rejects the label of "civil rights" icon. While he feels no animosity toward the civil rights movement, he believes it represented a crusade by a select group of white people to encourage African Americans to win some of their rights, as long as they understood they weren't entitled to... "That was a theory I could never buy," he said. "So, I never saw anything connected to civil rights being against anything I was for. Like many universities in the South, the University of Mississippi had yet to be integrated by the turn of the 1960s, despite the Supreme Court ruling in Brown vs. Board of Education a decade earlier that segregation was unconstitutional. States like Mississippi had conflicting state laws that allowed it to continue, as long as the federal statute wasn't enforced. Inspired by Kennedy's inaugural address in 1960, Meredith began to apply to the university in 1961 after serving in the U. S. Air Force and studying for two years at Jackson State University. He was denied admission in Oxford twice and was later advised by the NAACP to file a lawsuit stating his admission was denied based on his race. The case made its way to the Supreme Court, which ultimately upheld the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit's ruling that Meredith had the right to attend the state school. Even with the high court ruling in his favor, Meredith still faced strong opposition from Mississippi Gov. Ross Barnett and mobs of people who sought to block his entrance to the school. In his first book, Three Years in Mississippi , Meredith said he returned to Mississippi to fight a war. "That was all I ever considered I was engaged in, was a war," he said. The NAACP pleaded with Kennedy to force Meredith's attendance by withdrawing federal services from the state. The president acquiesced and eventually reached an agreement with Barnett to allow Meredith to register. 1, 1962, backed by thousands of U. S. troops to quell what Meredith called an insurrection, in which two people died and many were injured. "The president brought 33,000 troops into Mississippi to fight my war to kick the white supremacists' butt and that's exactly what happened," Meredith said. After winning the battle for admission, Meredith continued his "war" by pursuing a degree and working to advance African-American causes. He was protected by federal marshals throughout his time at the school and continued to face racism from students and some faculty. He said, however, he received an unaltered education. "What most people don't know is the thing happened so fast. Mississippi wasn't ready and they taught me the same thing that they didn't want us to learn," Meredith said. "Mississippi taught the same thing and the thing about it was, the good white folks at Ole Miss didn't know the difference. After graduating from Ole Miss in 1963, Meredith continued his education at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. He returned and earned a law degree from prestigious Columbia University in 1968. In 1966, he also took on another battle to advance African-American rights by organizing the March Against Fear. Meredith set out to walk 220 miles from Memphis, Tenn. On the second day, Meredith was shot by a white man and hospitalized. Other civil rights activists of the time,.
Ma Barnett's American Chop Suey Recipe (bacon, onions, bacon, tomato soup)
Black Santa Martini (coffee flavored liqueur, ice, vodka)
Sesame Sirloin Steak (brown sugar, garlic, olive oil, black pepper, hot sauce, beef, sesame seed, soy sauce)
Pineapple Lime Molds (sprite, vanilla extract)
James Meredith - Wikipedia
James Howard Meredith (born June 25, 1933) is an African-American Civil Rights Movement figure, writer, political adviser and Air Force veteran.
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