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James Meredith

  • June 1962 Mississippi University forced to accept black student James Meredith
  • New President, Kennedy, sent 320 federal marshals to escort Meredith to campus
  • Riots and two people killed
  • 166 marshalls and 210 demonstrators injured
  • Kennedy sent 2000 more troops
  • 300 soldiers stayed on campus until Meredith completed his degree 3 years later!
  • Showed the Federal government would intervene
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