Salient. Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 26, No. 7. Tuesday, June 18, 1963
A Southern Student Newspaper Editor, who has advocated integration of his university despite threats and attacks from fellow students, his university, the governor of his state and the Ku Klux Klan, was honoured recently by the national federation of college newspaper editors. Melvln Meyer, editor of the University of Alabama "Crimson and White," was named "outstanding student editor of the year" by the United States Student Press Association for his "courageous and significant contribution to American student journalism." Following the printing of an editorial condemning the politics of Mississippi Governor Ross Barnett in the James Meredith affair which also called for integration in the South on "moral, legal and pragmatic" grounds, Meyer's life was repeatedly threatened in anonymous phone calls, a cross was burned on the lawn of his fraternity house, and the university was forced to hire two bodyguards to protect his life.