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The Price of DefianceJames Meredith and the Integration of Ole Miss$
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Charles W. Eagles

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832738

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807895597_eagles

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. Integration and Insanity: Clennon King in 1958

. Integration and Insanity: Clennon King in 1958

(p.80) 5. Integration and Insanity: Clennon King in 1958
The Price of Defiance

Charles W. Eagles

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on black minister and college professor Clennon Washington King, who arrived at Ole Miss on June 5, 1958 to register for the first session of summer school. Weeks earlier King had announced his intention to break the color barrier, but unlike other blacks interested in attending the university, he actually went to Oxford. His family background and his experiences in Mississippi encouraged him to believe that he would be allowed to enroll, that he was prepared for such an intrepid move, and that conservative whites would support him. However, the results of King's quixotic action surprised and disappointed him; Mississippi once again demonstrated its intransigent opposition to integration at Ole Miss.

Keywords:   Clennon Washington King, University of Mississippi, integration, segregation

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