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Civil Rights icon speaks at JF Drake State

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James Meredith was the first African American man admitted to the University of Mississippi. James Meredith was the first African American man admitted to the University of Mississippi.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A Civil Rights icon was in the Tennessee Valley Tuesday morning, celebrating Black History Month.

James Meredith addressed students, faculty, and community members at JF Drake State Technical College.

Meredith was the first African American man admitted to the University of Mississippi. His enrollment was one of the sparks of the Civil Rights Movement.    

"I want them to hear from a person that certainly experienced some of the ills in our society, but was also able to take that ill and make it a positive. He was able to desegregate an institution that knew no African American student," said college president, Helen T. McAlpine.

Meredith talked about his experiences at Ole Miss and his new book, where he takes a look at how the country's education system could be improved.

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