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  1. Meredith, James Meredith, James Howard Meredith(noun)

    United States civil rights leader whose college registration caused riots in traditionally segregated Mississippi (born in 1933)

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  1. James Meredith

    James Howard Meredith is an American civil rights movement figure, a writer, and a political adviser. In 1962, he was the first African American student admitted to the segregated University of Mississippi, an event that was a flashpoint in the American civil rights movement. Motivated by President John F. Kennedy's inaugural address, Meredith decided to exercise his constitutional rights and apply to the University of Mississippi. His goal was to put pressure on the Kennedy administration to enforce civil rights for African Americans.

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