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James Meredith shares story with students

James Meredith told students participating in Lausanne's Freedom Riders Curriculum that he felt it was his destiny to be the first black student to attend the University of Mississippi.

"As I used  to put it I wanted either the whole hog or nothing I mean either I would have all of the rights or I would die trying to get em," Meredith said.

Meredith's admission to Ole Miss was opposed by everyone from white students to state officials.  Attorney General Robert Kennedy sent federal marshals to protect Meredith from threats of lynching. But Meredith said he would do it all again if he had to.
 
"Because I felt that every citizen should be entitled to every right," Meredith said.

Meredith told students it is not too early for them to begin making plans to make an impact on this country.

"And everybody that has the privilege of being in this building or in this school has the potential of being a governor and deciding the life and fate of people," Meredith said.
 
As for the rest of his life, the 75 year old said he wants to write about his experience and encourage others to stand up for equality.


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