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Civil rights leader to be honored at Prairie State College event

Updated: December 4, 2013 6:10AM



Prairie State College will host James Meredith, the first black to attend the University of Mississippi, on the anniversary of his ground-breaking civil rights act, at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 4 in the PSC Conference Center Auditorium, 202 S. Halsted St., Chicago Heights.

Both events are open to the public.

During the 11 a.m. event, state Rep. Al Riley (D-Olympia Fields) will present Meredith with an Illinois House resolution honoring him for his legendary civil rights service.

“We are both excited and honored to host Mr. Meredith; this is a wonderful opportunity for our students and community members to learn about a historic change in the lives of so many people,” PSC President Terri Winfree said.

Meredith is an Air Force veteran who was rejected twice from admission to the University of Mississippi. After a court battle, Meredith was admitted to the school in 1962. Despite being the target of many threats and needing the protection of federal marshals on campus, Meredith graduated from the university in 1964.

PSC’s new Male Success Initiative also will be featured Nov. 4. The initiative aims to recruit, enroll, retain and support “males of color” in their pursuit of all educational endeavors, according to the college’s website.

For more information, contact William Berkley at (708) 709-2946 or wberkley@prairiestate.edu.

Staff report



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