Judge Reuben V. Anderson
In 1967, Reuben Anderson became the first African American to graduate from the University of Mississippi School of Law, just five years after James Meredith integrated the university. He started his legal career working as a civil rights attorney for the firm Anderson, Banks, Nichols, and Leventhal. He practiced for ten years, serving as an associate council for the Mississippi NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Educational Fund. He often carried his diploma with him into courtrooms in Mississippi to prove he was an attorney. Governor Bill Allain appointed Anderson to the Mississippi Supreme Court in 1985. He was the first Black justice and served until 1991.