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“Stop this Violence!”

“Stop this Violence!”

University of Mississippi, September 1962

Chapter:
(p.3) Chapter 1 “Stop this Violence!”
Source:
And One Was a Priest
Author(s):
Araminta Stone Johnston
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604738285.003.0001

This chapter describes the struggle of James H. Meredith, an Air Force veteran, Mississippi native, to gain admission to the University of Mississippi; the civil rights activities of Rev. Duncan M. Gray Jr; his efforts to help the community prepare for Meredith’s arrival; and his confrontation with former Major General Edwin Walker at the University of Mississippi campus as the latter was called on supporters to resist the admission of the first African American student—James H. Meredith.

Keywords:   Duncan M. Gray Jr, civil rights, African American students, college students, desegregation

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