LECTURE: Open Doors: Forty Years of Opportunity

Date of Event: October 01, 2002

Location: University of Mississippi

Open Doors recognized the 40th anniversary of Dr. James Meredith entering the University of Mississippi. Dr. Meredith’s admittance marked the end of segregation for the University of Mississippi. According to the University website, “The 2002-2003 academic year is dedicated to the courage of Dr. James H. Meredith ’63, and to all The University of Mississippi students, faculty, alumni, and staff who have stood up for open doors and opportunity for all on this campus.” Throughout the year, several events took place, including a night ceremony and the First International Conference on Race, hosted by the Winter Institute in October 2003.

The Open Doors Night Ceremony begins with a ceremonial walk through the Lyceum. Mrs. Myrlie Evers-Williams, introduced by Governor William Winter, speaks to the audience of the significance of Dr. Meredith’s bravery as well as the importance of being bold and remembering the past.

More information can be found here.

Open Doors Night Ceremony:

The full event can also be viewed here.