On February 1, 2017, 55 years after James Meredith integrated the University of Mississippi, I had the privilege to meet him and his wife at a Black History Month event hosted by the Center for Inclusion and Cross-Cultural Engagement at Fulton Chapel. Dr. Judy Alsobrooks Meredith, James Meredith’s wife, gave an eloquent speech about Mr. Meredith’s experience here on campus. She also told students to keep making life-altering changes to our growing university for the next generation of students. Listening to her speech as well as meeting James Meredith ignited a fire inside of me. I have gained so much from being here at the University of Mississippi because James Meredith is also from Kosciusko, my hometown. I have been able to explore all of my hopes and dreams and find my purpose here on this spectacular campus.
Our campus is now home to one of the most inspirational statues of a courageous man who decided to make a change and direct the University of Mississippi in the right direction. In 1962, history was made. James Meredith’s courage ushered in diversity at this great institution for students like me and many others. Since James Meredith’s tenure here, the university has constantly made efforts to ensure that our campus is inclusive of all students. We now have departments such as the Center for Inclusion and Cross-Cultural Engagement that fosters an environment which allows our students to know more about themselves as well as others. Because of the bravery James Meredith displayed, I have been blessed to call the University of Mississippi my home.
Hometown: Kosciusko, Mississippi
Degree: B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders
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