James Howard Meredith is an African-American Civil Rights Movement figure, writer, political adviser and Air Force veteran. In 1962, he became the first African-American student admitted to the segregated University of Mississippi, after the intervention of the federal government, an event that was a flashpoint in the Civil Rights Movement. Inspired by President John F. Kennedy's inaugural address, Meredith decided to exercise his constitutional rights and apply to the University of Mississippi. His goal was to put pressure on the Kennedy administration to enforce civil rights for African Americans.
|I considered myself engaged in a war from Day One. And my objective was to force the federal government - the Kennedy administration at that time - into a position where they would have to use the United States military force to enforce my rights as a citizen.||Time ;Government ;War & Peace|
|Liberal whites are the greatest enemy of African Americans.|
|My answer to the racial problem in America is to not deal with it at all. The founding fathers dealt with it when they made the Constitution.|
|Nothing could be more insulting to me than the concept of civil rights. It means perpetual second-class citizenship for me and my kind.|