When King says, "one day the South will recognize its real heroes," he is referring to the many heroes of the Civil Rights Movement. Specifically, King cites a number of people who have engaged in civil disobedience and peaceful protest during the movement. For example, King makes connections to Mother Pollard, a senior who worked on the front lines of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. He also mentions James Meredith, who was the first African American student at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) when he enrolled there in 1962. King also references the countless students (high school and college), ministers, and other "everyday people" who have committed to acts of peaceful protest like the Greensboro sit-ins and other lunch counter sit-ins. King believes that their bravery, both individual and widespread, shows them to be the true heroes of the South. These people are truly serving the region by diminishing racism, which King prizes far above the contributions of "typical Southern heroes" like Confederate figureheads.