7. Ole Miss Students Protest James Meredith's Enrollment
College: University of Mississippi
City: Oxford, MS
Number of People Involved: ~2,500
Students at the University of Mississippi went to excessive lengths to prevent a black student from enrolling at the their school in 1962. And they weren't the only ones—the governor at the time denied federal orders to admit James Meredith to the school, as he wanted to keep the school segregated. Meredith was allowed to enroll nonetheless and a team of 6,000 law-enforcement officials (including members of the American military) was dispatched to control the ensuing riots. Two were killed, and a few hundred were injured and arrested.