The express purpose of the visit was for Linda to speak at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Oxford Mississippi.
Here’s Linda and Gail before the service.
And Linda in action. The church was a wonderful old building, reminiscent of a one-room school house, with a wood-strip floor and the good old building smell and aura. The congregation is vivacious, bright-eyed and full of life and energy, and unlike many other smaller congregations, has a very young average age.
It was also a reflective week in Oxford as it marked the 50th anniversary of the admittance of James Meredith into the University of Mississippi. His enrollment was met with riots, deaths, and 30,000 troops to keep order, and he remained under the guard of U.S. Marshalls during all of his time at the University until he graduated. There was no such hardship when in 2002 his son graduated as the top doctoral student in the school of business.