Today in Southern History: Desegregating Ole Miss

20 September 1961 

On this date in 1961…

James Lee Meredith was refused access as a student to the University of Mississippi because of his race.


Other Years:

1809 – Confederate General Sterling Price was born in Prince Edward County, Virginia.
1967 – Hurricane Beulah hit the Texas-Mexican border, killing 38.

1973 – Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in the “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match at the Houston Astrodome.
1995 – The U.S. House of Representatives voted to drop the national speed limit, allowing states to decide their own speed limits.
2007 – Between 15,000 and 20,000 protesters marched on Jena, Louisiana, in support of six black youths who had been convicted of assaulting a white classmate.

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