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James Meredith speaks to Mt. Olive elementary

James Meredith speaks to Mt. Olive Elementary School in their Black History program. James Meredith speaks to Mt. Olive Elementary School in their Black History program.
MOUNT OLIVE, MS (WDAM) - Mount Olive Elementary School held a Black Heritage Program highlighting African Americans who made an impact on the Civil Rights movement.

The program featured singing from The Cotton Blossom Singers of the Piney Woods School and a prepared speech from Civil Rights Activist, James Meredith. 

In a portion of Meredith's speech he said, "In 1960, after 9 years in the desegregated military, I came back to Mississippi with a plan to destroy the system of White supremacy."

James Meredith attempted to enroll at Ole Miss in 1962 after a legal battle.  Riots broke out across campus leaving 2 dead, and hundreds injured. 31,000 National Guardsmen were brought in on President Kennedy's order to restore peace.

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