Museum Unveils 2022 Keepsake Ornament

Design features 60th anniversary of university's integration

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi Museum and Historic Houses has unveiled its 23rd annual holiday keepsake, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the university’s integration. Each year, the design alternates between subjects in the museum’s permanent collection, at the university and around Oxford. This year’s keepsake was chosen to honor the enrollment of JamesRead the story …

Visiting Classics Professor to Discuss UM Exhibition

Wayne State University scholar to lecture about '14 Black Classicists' project

OXFORD, Miss. – The photographs and biographies of 14 prominent Black classicists are on display at the University of Mississippi and will be celebrated with a guest lecture on Nov. 3. Michele Valerie Ronnick, distinguished professor of classics at Wayne State University, will discuss the history of Black classicism at 5:30 p.m. in Bryant Hall,Read the story …

Courage: Lifting Her Voice

Sophomore encourages tough conversations about racial injustice

As part of the 60th anniversary of integration at the University of Mississippi, this is the second of a four-part series based on the themes that are inscribed on the Civil Rights Monument on campus: perseverance, courage, knowledge and opportunity. These student stories reflect the characteristics that James Meredith embodied six decades ago when heRead the story …

Civil Rights Hero Tells Students ‘We Were Your Age’

David Dennis Sr. and David Dennis Jr. lead discussion about their book

OXFORD, Miss. – David Dennis Sr., a civil rights activist and original Freedom Rider, looked out at a crowd of University of Mississippi students and had a realization. “We were your age,” Dennis Sr. said. “When you look back on these events, you’ll see pictures of people like yourself – not only marching and sittingRead the story …

Letter-writing Campaign Honors James Meredith

Second book in the works; committee still accepting submissions

OXFORD, Miss. – During the signature event of the University of Mississippi‘s celebration of the 60th anniversary of integration, campus representatives presented the university’s first African American student with a book of nearly 100 letters from people whose lives he touched.  The “Dear Mr. Meredith” compendium was the result of months of submissions from students,Read the story …

‘The Movement Made Us’ Authors to Speak at UM

Book tells story of original Freedom Rider and civil rights activist

OXFORD, Miss. – Authors David Dennis Jr. and David Dennis Sr. are set to host a conversation Tuesday (Oct. 25) at the University of Mississippi about their book, “The Movement Made Us: A Father, a Son and a Legacy of a Freedom Ride.” “I’m so excited for this event,” said Derrick Harriell, the university’s interimRead the story …

Generations: The University of Mississippi Then and Now

Four Black families share perspectives on their UM experience

OXFORD, Miss. – When civil rights activist James Meredith (BA 63) integrated the University of Mississippi in 1962, he made it possible for thousands of other Black people to follow him, including his late son Joseph, who received a doctorate in business administration in 2002, and granddaughter Jasmine, who received a master’s degree in integratedRead the story …

James Meredith Honored by Student Organization

Columns Society class named for civil rights icon who integrated university 60 years ago

OXFORD, Miss. – A distinguished student organization at the University of Mississippi has selected James Meredith as the namesake for its 2022-23 class of members. On Oct. 1, 1962, Meredith became the first African American to enroll at the university. Each spring, the outgoing class of the Columns Society is responsible for naming the newRead the story …

Legacy Celebration Honors Meredith, African American Firsts

Alumni return to alma mater for recognition and reflection

OXFORD, Miss. – Memories and laughter filled the air and a few tears filled some eyes as dozens of African Americans who achieved “firsts” at the University of Mississippi returned to their alma mater for the Legacy Celebration. Drawing more than 300 people, the Friday (Sept. 30) event in the Johnson Commons Ballroom was partRead the story …

UM Honors James Meredith with Mississippi Humanitarian Award

University trailblazer is fifth individual to receive award

OXFORD, Miss. – James Meredith became the fifth individual in the University of Mississippi‘s history to receive one of the university’s most prestigious honors, the Mississippi Humanitarian Award.  Announced Wednesday (Sept. 28) during “The Mission Continues: Building Upon the Legacy,” the signature event of the university’s commemoration of the 60th anniversary of integration, the MississippiRead the story …