Interview with Dr. Robert Ellis
QUESTION 6
INTERVIEWER:

NOW JAMES MEREDITH AND THE NAACP OF COURSE SUED THE UNIVERSITY AND THERE WAS A VERY LONG COURT PROCEEDING. EVENTUALLY JUDGE MISE RULED THAT MEREDITH HAD LEGALLY BEEN DENIED ADMITTANCE; THAT IT WAS A, A LEGAL UH, SITUATION. UM, IS THAT WHAT YOU EXPECTED?

Dr. Robert Ellis:

I thought at the time that the University of Mississippi had a valid case in the case of James Meredith. Uh, Meredith uh, had moved from the state, uh, he had roots in the state certainly. Technically he was a non-resident, although we never argued that point uh, in the litigation. But uh, he did come to us with uh, a record that uh, was not acceptable. Uh, if it had been a white person who had applied with that record that person would have not been accepted. And so I, I thought at the time yes, that we did have a valid uh, reason for denying admission. And I really thought uh, that the original court decision was the proper decision. Now, I'm sure I was biased in my attitude, but nevertheless that was it.