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O’Rourke recalls courage of James Meredith

In “Profiles in Courage,” John Kennedy wrote that political courage is about character and the willingness to stand up in the face of mob hatred, to fight for what is good or noble in all of us, to sacrifice and suffer for what is right.  It was 50 years ago that James Meredith displayed that kind of courage when he became the first African American student to attend the University of Mississippi. Sean O’Rourke, a Communication Studies professor at Furman, remembered that time with an op-ed he co-authored in the Memphis, Tenn., Commercial Appeal.

Read the op-ed

Last updated February 11, 2016
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