Meredith, center with briefcase, is escorted to the University of Mississippi campus by U.S. marshals on Oct. 1, 1962.
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Meredith received his Bachelor of Arts degree in graduation ceremonies in August 1963. He had already taken several years of college courses at an all-black college before enrolling at Ole Miss.
Policemen keep a cheering mob back as Meredith drives away after being refused admittance to the all-white university in Oxford, Miss. It took several attempts for him to enroll, as he was physically blocked on campus by Gov. Ross Barnett.
Hundreds of Ole Miss students crowd the street in front of the registrar's office, hoisting a Confederate flag and shouting for continued segregation.
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Meredith sits alone on his first day of class. A photographer who was there remembers the other students leaving the room in protest.
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James Meredith, now 79, is working to improve the public education system in Mississippi, which he says never achieved real integration.
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Marleah Kaufman Hobbs, 89, was a fine arts graduate student at Ole Miss in 1962 during the campus riots. Back then, she painted Burning Man in response to the violence.
Fifty years ago — Oct. 1, 1962 — the first black student was admitted to the University of Mississippi, a bastion of the Old South.
The town of Oxford erupted. It took some 30,000 U.S. troops, federal marshals and national guardsmen to get James Meredith to class after a violent campus uprising. Two people were killed and more than 300 injured. Some historians say the integration of Ole Miss was the last battle of the Civil War.
It was a high-stakes showdown between President Kennedy and Mississippi Gov. Ross Barnett.
Today marks the 30th anniversary of a musical format many of us grew up with: the compact disc. It's been three decades since the first CD went on sale in Japan. The shiny discs came to dominate music industry sales, but their popularity has faded in the digital age they helped unleash. The CD is just the latest musical format to rise and fall in roughly the same 30-year cycle.
Compact discs had been pressed before 1982, but the first CD to officially go on sale was Billy Joel's 52nd Street.
A sensational political scandal in China involves murder, abuse of power, and an attempted defection. And the case of senior politician Bo Xilai took another twist today. After months of speculation, it has just been announced that he has been expelled from the Communist Party and will face criminal charges. NPR's Louisa Lim is on the line with us from Beijing, and Louisa, what kind of charges is Bo Xilai going to face?
A young boy in Canada wondered where butterflies go in the winter — and spent 40 years trying to answer that question.
In 1973, Dr. Fred Urquhart — all grown up by then — placed an ad in a newspaper in Mexico looking for volunteers to tag and observe butterflies and find their destination. A woman named Catalina Aguado and her American husband, Kenneth Brugger, answered that ad. They spent two years searching in remote parts of Mexico.