Governor Barnett Cites Tenth Amendment in Barring James Meredith from Ole Miss

Air Date: 09/26/1962
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Mississippi Governor Ross Barnett, a staunch segregationist, refuses to allow James Meredith to desegregate the University of Mississippi by enrolling at the school. Barnett cites the 10th Amendment as he bars the door. Despite Barnett's attempts to stop him and subsequent riots on the campus, Meredith enrolls and graduates from Ole Miss, becoming a landmark figure in the Civil Rights era.