Attala County Native James Meredith to be inducted into Ole Miss Hall of Fame


An Attala County Native is among 7 people that will be inducted into the Ole Miss Alumni Hall of Fame.

James Meredith will be honored with a distinguished alumni award for his work with the civil rights movement.

The Hall of Fame was established in 1974 and honors Ole Miss alumni who have made outstanding contributions to the country, state, or the university.

Meredith, the first African American to be admitted to Ole Miss, graduated from the school in 1963. He went on to be a major leader in the civil rights movement with his 1966 “March Against Fear.”

Other inductees into the Alumni Hall of Fame for 2018 are: Thad Cochran (BA 59, JD 65) of Oxford; Howard L. Gerlach (BBA 66, MBA 77) of Fairfax, Virginia; Mac Haik (BBA 68) of Houston, Texas; and Vernon R. “Randy” Kelley III (BBA 70) of Tupelo;

The Alumni Association will host a reception for the honorees at 6 p.m. Oct. 5 in the Gertrude C. Ford Ballroom of The Inn at Ole Miss. A ticketed dinner for the award recipients will follow at 7 p.m.

Anyone interested in attending the dinner should register in advance by calling the Alumni Association office at 662-915-7375 by Sept. 21. Cost of the dinner is $100 per person, or tables of 10 are available for $1,000.

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