Fifty Years After the University of Mississippi Was Integrated, They Elected Their First African-American Homecoming Queen
In 1962, James Meredith became the first African-American student to enroll at the University of Mississippi. President Kennedy sent the National Guard and 500 U.S. marshals to get James to class safely, and there were riots on campus that injured hundreds of people.
Well, Ole Miss had their homecoming last week, and a 21-year-old student named Courtney Pearson was crowned homecoming queen.
Fifty years after James made it possible for Courtney to attend Ole Miss, she became the first African-American student in school history to win homecoming queen. A few days before she was crowned queen, Courtney got the chance to meet James, and he told her he was proud of her.