Robert F. Kennedy played a pivotal role in the history of the University of Mississippi. As U.S. Attorney General, he directed the U.S. Marshals to accompany James H. Meredith on campus in 1962 as Meredith became the first African American to register at the state’s flagship university. After rioters attacked the Marshals, President John F. Kennedy ordered in federal troops to restore order.
In 1966, Senator Robert F. Kennedy accepted an invitation from the Speaker’s Bureau of the University of Mississippi Law School to address the students. Although protests preceded the event, Kennedy’s speech before a crowd of 6,000 proved successful, generating much goodwill and enthusiasm.
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Image Credit: Bobby Kennedy delivering speech at the University of Mississippi, image 6 / Ed Meek Collection
Robert F. Kennedy Speech at the University of Mississippi (18 March 1966), Robert F. Kennedy and Ed Ellington