Ole Miss Anniversary, Local Reaction

"I remember hearing the charge of those folks," Wink Glover said.

In the fall of 1962 Meridian attorney Wink Glover was a second year law student at Ole Miss.

"I can remember the crescendo of them hollering as they moved to the administration building and then you could hear shots of tear gas dispersed toward the crowd," said Glover.

Uncertain and anxious is how he describes the atmosphere.

"I felt that it was unfortunate that it was happening, but there was not much people could do to stop it," Glover said.

A year later Meridian realtor Larry Dudley became a member of the first integrated, incoming class at Ole Miss. Known for its most obvious reason, Dudley says it was also one of the school's smallest freshmen classes.

Although the university suffered the temporary backlash, Dudley says the controversy was really not the school's fault.

"When you think back this was really about the federal government telling the state government what it was going to do so we students were just young people wanting to get an education," said Dudley.

Then as a senior in 1967, Dudley says he knew things had changed.

"It was probably the most remarkable day when I went to the coliseum to hear Robert Kennedy speak. The environment was at best cautious and apprehensive, but what I remember is that at the end we all stood and gave him a standing ovation. That day I knew I wanted to stay in Mississippi," Dudley said.

"I think things have changed," Glover said. "Life has changed. The whole world is better. Mississippi is better. I think things are better.....much better."