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Centralia Sunday Sentinel (Newspaper) - September 24, 1972, Centralia, Illinois
James Meredith recalls Ole miss riots after to years Oxford miss. Aid it was my first the reporter said a you should have seen me stumbling around in the tear Gas like a big dumb Slob somebody shot me in the a it happened right Over he added pointing to a stretch of Sun splashed sidewalk James ii. Meredith alumnus extraordinary of the University of Mississippi nodded and looked politely interested they were standing near the front of the lyceum the Ole miss administration building a White Man. Sweating in coat and tie his Bald spot gathering glow from the hot Sun. And a negro of medium height sporting a grizzled new Beard Wear eng the heavy shoes shirt and trousers of a labourer looking More like a janitor than a Black Folk hero. What did they git you with a a asked Meredith a two double ought Buckshot Between the shoulder Blades one on each Side of the spine. Blam knocked me Down so hard i bounced a Meredith chuckled and gazed around at pleasant Green lawns and handsome buildings squinting a Little in the Sun Ile had joined the reporter for a fresh look at the Campus where a riot to years ago started the Meredith civil rights Saga. A i can see this visit is going to have More Impact for you than it has for me Quot he said he added a you probably saw a lot More of it than i did. So much of it was irrelevant to Meredith uses a a irrelevant frequently in talking about his bitter year at Ole miss. It seemed an Odd Way to Brush off a tumultuous civil rights chapter with a cast which included president John of Kennedy. Atty. Gen. Robert f. Kennedy. Mississippi gov. Ross Barnett an assortment of judges. 898 u s. Marshals. 22 000 combat troops and untold of the lyceum were now other thousands smouldering wreckage. Some two men French reporter sidewalks had been ripped up Paul Guihard and a r Gunter to provide missiles. Of Oxford were killed in the inside the lyceum. Meredith sch erupted sept 30. Registered As a Transfer student 1962. Shortly after Meredith a from Jackson state shifting escorted by Rived on Campus marshals. Hundreds were injured wounded 29 of them marshals Ford hit by gunfire As rioters whooped around the White columned lyceum building All night like injun with a Wagon train at Hay i it was More than a riot from an All Black school at the state capital to the Lily White or i a a establishment school at of re. It was oct. I. 1962 on the next aug. 18 he became the first Black graduate of the University of Mississippi. His diploma Cost the Federal i no. U _ ,.government $5 million in troop i in n ,1,l and bodyguard expenses lie death tolls worse destruction. A Day in i his one was special because laminated the last 250-Manstemmed from a head to head a Ament of soldiers pulled out i a a tit i la e 24 Days before he cr.,dilate,i rated we under times of amp a Quot shuls remained to the 11 k Meredith insisted he does no to forint or try in a Iii is recall much of the tumult and f ral court orders that in shouting. The tension. The j ii Achimj Ltd to had Mal glares the Way everybody in boiled Down to who was Boss. W Lold get up and leave when states or mis a a Ikid jnt0 student cafe Sis Sippi. Leria to eat Meredith was brought on of looks could Burn head have Campus on a Fine sunday eve gone up in smoke As walked a a Jpn. A a i011111 coolly on the hostile Campus a a. Outwardly As Serene As the Eye a Here Quot Ore you when they in or can apr of the Hurricane started throwing bricks and i you saw a lot More of that shooting bullets a the reporter then Thandi asked As they strolled past the blocked a lot of it he said Library. Turn. A a i ju8t refused to see bad a in Baxter Hall. That s ? t h i n a s Roethl s dormitory Way Down at them Quot the far end of the Campus. Me a that and some marshals. I went to would t recognize bed. Got a Good night s a slept through it a the reporter was incredulous. A you got to understand How it Meredith explained. A fall that stuff it was Whites against Whites. It was irrelevant to me. I was t involved. There was t no negro involved. Unless one got accidentally caught up somewhere. It was just a game the White Power Structure was playing one they had to play before i could play mine. I remember Best about that whole year Quot he continued. A was walking up this same Hill we re on now after leaving the lyceum. I had registered. I had punctured the system of White supremacy. What happened the rest of the time i was Here was irrelevant. Education was t any part of it. I had accomplished my Mission when i forced the Kennedy into he added. A and believe me i forced them if they had and other option. They would have gone he paused at the top of the the game he came to play now Hill and looked Back took place the next Day a you know i could it was a Lovely morning air come Here without borne troops in full combat Rig he said. A fall i had to had arrived at Dawn sweeping do was not eat in the dining have any \ ii Roxie Imp is miniature poodle mini As she cavort with Peter emerita. 6. In Danbury Conn. She awakened All eight members of the pm Crit family while fire was consuming the Home. Up to then she had refused to go up or Down the Steep stairway but the night of the fire she raced Back and Forth four times. Mimi is Winner of the Ken a ration Gold medal As a America s dog hero of 1972.&Quot across the Campus in a Skirm ish line. The rioters melted away. Hall not live on Campus not swim in the swimming department of jus were 400 Blacks among the 7 00 students now Black students passing them on the sidewalk eyed Meredith casually with no sign of recognition not surprising in View of his new heard. Whites of kind no attention at All. It was hard to believe that once As he and his guards made their was through a sullen knot of students a distraught coed exclaimed a win does t somebody kill him Quot 1 a i see people every Day who were students out in those crowds Hack he said they Are the same people but they would react differently to Day. There had to be a Bange and i forced them through that change that game has been at the snack bar in the Busy student Union Meredith ordered a Root Beer float when he lived on Campus he considered himself the most segregated negro in the world. Now he frowned at the sight of Black students clustered at tables on one Side of the room j Whites and Blacks blocking each other out. A i see it ainu to changed none a he said. I a Japan taught me a he said later after leading the Way to a table among the Whites a it was t until i went to Japan that i was really sure that the negro Wasny to inferior of. I had been told different and i believed it but it is one thing to believe another thing to know a a the revisit to Ole miss was the Windup of a Way of life for Meredith. I not much had gone Well fur him since he moved Back to Jackson. Miss., from new York City in june 1971 it was a return to Home base. To a Region where he was a hero figure to Blacks famed As the Man who desegregated Ole miss in 1961 the Man who was shot gunned from ambush during a 1966 a March against fear but would t stay Down. A i still got a mess of those Little old Bir shot in me a said Meredith. A a lot of them Are in the Back of my head sometimes it hurts to Lay on a Pil Low. Take Loo much cutting to get them out a but his old Lien status did t translate into political sex a peal. In the Rad for he put die in nomination As us senator ii lost to a White businessman by a 4 to-1 margin he was an uncomfortable campaigner a halting speaker who frequently groped Lur the next word a it has become obviously Clear that i am not in tune nor in step with either the Mack bourgeoisie or the Black Mas ses Quot he said in announcing Centralia Iii Sentinel s sunday september 24, 1972 that be had burled fit give but the Campus where it All Start trying to maintain face As red Meredith fated the regrets civil rights figure of a loser a self proclaimed so at the age of 39 Back on failure in Froli ties n off jul Saain a was 7 . P m. 15 flavors ice Cream Cones 15 28 40 Broadway near Lincoln the Singer 20% off Sale is on. Its a Liza special special Sale $136 is All you pay for this stylist Zig Zag machine. It has a drop in front Bobbin. Flex stitch discs and built in Blind stitch. A Liza special special at 20% off the regular Price. Sale 20% off on All Singer sewing courses. 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The to Vears since Meredith scars that had been parked moment of Triumph in the Reg along University Circle which is rare a office had made a lot of loops around the Park in front i difference at Ole miss. There \ i Iii important reminder. Time is running out for the registration of outdoor advertising signs along Illinois highways. September 28, 1972 is the deadline. Signs and billboards along Illinois primary and interstate highways must be registered with the Illinois department of transportation. Under the new outdoor advertising Law that went into effect july 1st of this year the size number Type and location of signs will be regulated by the Illinois department of transportation. Signs now meeting the requirements of the new Law must still be registered with the department of transportation if they Are to remain up. Signs not conforming with the Law must also be registered if the Sig owner wants compensation for the removal of these signs. Any new signs to be erected must have a permit from the department of transportation. For information about whether a sign meets the new standards or to obtain permits or registration forms for signs phone signboard coordinator James r. Sherrick at the District 7 office of the Illinois department of transportation 217/342-3951, or write District Engineer h. L. Wear state Highway building Effingham Illinois 62401. An Illinois department of transportation Public service. Fredman Bros. Appliance Sale magic chef Gas or electric 36&Quot Range big Admiral refrigerator with the features you want now Only $19995 easy terms we Are Over stocked on ref. And ranges so we have to pass the savings on to you. Ranges As $ Low As 189 food Protection bargain spacious 12 cd. It. Size Roomy Freezer. I year free service. 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