James Meredith, center right, is escorted by federal marshals as he appears for his first day of class at the University of Mississippi, in Oxford, Miss., Oct. 1, 1962. Meredith sued to gain admission as the first Black student at the state’s flagship university. Facing resistance from the governor and riots that led to two deaths, Meredith enrolled at Ole Miss under federal court order and protected by U.S. marshals. (AP Photo/File)
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The University of Mississippi is paying tribute to 89-year-old James Meredith 60 years after white protesters erupted into violence as he became the first Black student to enroll in what was then a bastion of Deep South segregation.