Mississippi: The Past That Has Not Died


This was the Mississippi of 1950, when a young Negro named James H. Meredith left the state in search of a better chance in life. It was the Mississippi of 1961 when he returned to fight for equality and later entered the all-white university after a night of bloody riot. It is the Mississippi of today—of Medgar Evers shot in ambush, of civil-rights workers lynched at night—and it will be the Mississippi of tomorrow, until, with patience and persistence, the rest of the country helps bring a frightened, isolated, and intensely proud people back into the Union.