Central figure in historic civil rights achievement defies labels, sees room for improvement
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – James Meredith is a civil rights icon who hates the term “civil rights.”
It’s as if civil rights were somehow set apart from – well, rights.
“When it comes to my rights as an American citizen, and yours, I am a triumphalist and an absolutist. Anything less is an insult,” said the black man who 50 years ago inflamed the anger of white Mississippi by quietly demanding admission to the state’s segregated flagship university.
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