Interview with Judge John Minor Wisdom
QUESTION 22
INTERVIEWER:

I WONDER IF YOU'D G0 BACK AGAIN AND DESCRIBE JAMES MEREDITH FOR US. WHEN YOU DID IT LAST TIME YOU, YOU HAD ALREADY MENTIONED THE THING ABOUT BEING A MAN WITH A MISSION AND I, YOU VESTED OUT OF THIS DESCRIPTION, IF YOU'D JUST INCLUDE THAT THIS TIME.

Judge John Minor Wisdom:

Well, I said, as I said before, I think that James Meredith was completely sincere. And that he was just about the type of person one would expect to try to break the barriers at the University of Mississippi. Certainly, the toughest university in the South in terms of its resistance to civil rights. Uh, he was a man with, I say, a mission, and a nervous stomach. So its no wonder, it was no surprise to me to find that there was some evidence that in, while, that he had consulted a psychiatrist or a psychologist but that did not make him ineligible as a student, it just was in keeping with his character as a man who was willing to take his chances, and he took chances. He had to have a complete protection at all times. I think John Door lived in the dormitory with him for a while.