Civil Rights: The Pistol on the Steps

Cleve McDowell was the second Ne gro, after James Meredith, to be admit ted to the University of Mississippi. Un like Meredith, Law Student McDowell rarely granted press interviews, made no splash at N.A.A.C.P. meetings, made himself as unobtrusive as possible. But last week, as he hurried up the steps of the law school building for his third day of classes in the new fall term, McDow ell dropped his sunglasses. He stooped to retrieve them — and out of his pocket fell a .22-cal. pistol. When he walked out of class, he...

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