Coming Fall 2017
We Believed We Were Immortal: Twelve Reporters Who Covered the 1962 Integration Crisis at Ole Miss
by Kathleen Wickham
University of Mississippi
On September 30, 1962, the nation was transfixed over the integration crisis at the University of Mississippi as James Meredith sought to become the first African-American to enroll in any public school in Mississippi. More than 300 reporters descended on the small town of Oxford. Before dawn a reporter would be murdered and 30,000 troops called in to quell a riot.
In We Believed We Were Immortal: Twelve Reporters Who Covered the 1962 Integration Crisis at Ole Miss Dr. Kathleen Wickham details the challenges faced by reporters covering the story—beatings by rioters, snipers on rooftops, a KKK lynching party and lack of support from Mississippi law enforcement. Wickham shows the reporters overcoming obstacles getting their stories followed by the original reports they filed. Included are crusty old-school journalist Claude Sitton of The New York Times; AFP reporter Paul Guihard, who was murdered on campus; Sidna Brower, the Ole Miss student newspaper editor who stood-up to her peers in editorials calling for calm; and Moses Newsom, who was barred from covering the story because of his race. Featured also are CBS reporter Dan Rather, Michael Dorman of Newsday, photographer Flip Schulke, Fred Powledge of the Atlanta Journal, Texas videographer Gordon Yoder, NBC reporter Richard Valeriani, Dorothy Gilliam of The Washington Post and Neal Gregory of the Memphis Commercial Appeal. In his preface CBS journalist Bob Schieffer writes, “There have been many heroes in this long struggle, and Kathleen Wickham gives long-deserved credit to twelve men and women who risked their lives to tell the story.
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