Letter from James Meredith to Robert B. Ellis
January 31, 1961
  1. What does Meredith reveal about his beliefs and values by describing himself as an "American-Mississippi-Negro citizen"?
  2. When Meredith says that he hopes the University will act in a way that is "complimentary to itself", what do you think he means? In your opinion, what would constitute a complimentary reaction to his application?
  3. What consequences do you think Meredith fears in response to his application?

Questions for further discussion:

  1. What is Meredith referring to when he writes of "this new age"? What has changed?