Words of John Fitzgerald Kennedy after the riots at the University of Mississippi of 1962 that are fully current.Having declared racial segregation illegal by the United States Supreme Court, Mississippi Governor Ross Barnett prohibited enrollment at the University of Mississippi (“a white university”) to former soldier of color, James Meredith.There were clashes between whites and blacks that ended with 75 wounded, a deceased journalist, and the intervention of the Marshall Corps, the 503 Battalion of the Military Police, the Border Police and the Mississippi National Guard, which was federalized.
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