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.