“Open Doors,” Video Archive of Oral Histories, Now Available to the Public

The University of Mississippi’s Open Doors collection is a fantastic new civil rights resource now available online to the public. The collection provides digitized oral histories of the desegregation of Ole Miss, compiling first-hand accounts from students, faculty, journalists, armed servicemen, and public officials.

The Open Doors oral histories include those of James Meredith, the African American student at the center of integration efforts at Ole Miss, civil rights activist Myrlie Evers-Williams, and journalist Curtis Wilkie.

The collection provides uniquely personal perspectives on the University of Mississippi’s most notorious historical event. National guard members recount the friction of working alongside the Mississippi Highway Patrol, community members and students describe the riots in detail, and federal administrators reflect on the successes and failures of their attempts to keep the peace in Mississippi.

Told through the voices and memories of more than 60 individuals, the oral histories breathe new life into the story of James Meredith’s tumultuous enrollment and the violence that followed.

If you have problems viewing the streaming video files, try updating your media player. Quicktime is available free of charge on Mac and PC and will play the files.

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