- In what ways does Meredith believe the federal government should help "the Mississippi Negro in his struggle for a place in society"? What does this suggest about the risks taken by Meredith and fellow Civil Rights activists?
- At the end of his letter, Meredith states that the "Department of Justice has not succeeded in making America free for all" because it has been "hampered" by a "lack of clear authority." How does he hope the Department will be empowered to change this situation?
- Meredith writes, "Today regardless of all other considerations, I am a graduate of the University of Mississippi. For this I am proud of my Country -- the United States of America." Please respond to this statement.
Questions for further discussion:
- Who was Medgar Evers? What was his role in the Civil Rights Movement, and what were the circumstances of his death?