James Meredith photographed in a classroom at Ole Miss where students have cleared out in protest of his presence.

Today marks the 50th anniversary of James Meredith’s first day of class at the University of Mississippi. NPR’s “The Picture Show” has some of the photographs that Ed Meek recorded. NPR also has two wonderful discussions about Meredith and the violence that occurred on the campus over desegregation. Thus, in addition to checking out “The Picture Show,” I also recommend these stories:

“Integrating Ole Miss: A Transformative, Deadly Riot” 

“The Fight to Desegregate Ole Miss, 50 Years Later”