Dear students, faculty, and staff,
In the life of a flagship institution stretching across three centuries, significant and pivotal moments occur throughout its history. These moments call for remembrance, reflection, and celebration. James Meredith’s enrollment in and integration of the University of Mississippi in 1962 is one of those moments, and we are proud to honor it with the coming Week of Commemoration to mark the 60th anniversary.
James Meredith’s brave mission resonates across our entire community to this day. He is a trailblazer who demonstrated selflessness and exemplary actions to improve the lives of others and empower the advancement of society. His actions profoundly changed this university for the better. The lasting impact of his actions is evident in the composition and commitment of our student body. It is also demonstrated in the words and goals of our foundational and institutional diversity plan, “Pathways to Equity.” And, those actions are reflected in how we create and uphold a welcoming environment where every community member can thrive.
This anniversary offers us a time to pause and honor James Meredith by remembering his struggle, his sacrifices, and his contributions. This anniversary also recognizes that Mr. Meredith’s impact extends beyond this university, and stretches across higher education, throughout the state, and around the country. We applaud how James Meredith continues to be engaged as a significant and valued member of our university community, and we remain grateful for and committed to building upon his legacy.
Numerous events and activities are scheduled this week, and we encourage you to join us for as many of them as you can. We have a unique opportunity right now to interact with an important part of our living history. Our hope is that you are inspired by Mr. Meredith’s courage and persistence. He demonstrated how one individual can effect change and make a difference, not just for himself but for future generations.
Glenn F. BoyceChancellor
Shawnboda MeadVice Chancellor for Diversity and Community Engagement