Letter from James Meredith to the U.S. Justice DepartmentFeburary 7, 1961
- What does James Meredith give as his main reasons for applying to the University of Mississippi?
- What obstacles does Meredith face in seeking admission to the University of Mississippi?
- Meredith writes in his letter that, "It grieves me deeply to realize that an individual, especially an American, the citizen of a free democratic nation, has to clamor with such procedures in order to try to gain just a small amount of his civil and human rights." How do you reconcile this statement with the fact that Meredith wrote an award winning essay entitled, "Why I am Proud to be an American"?
Questions for further discussion:
- Why does Meredith request the assistance of the Federal Government? Do you agree that it is necessary in this case? Explain why or why not.
- Describe Meredith's character. Justify your answer with examples from his letter.