MISSISSIPPI 1966 | June 5, 1966, equipped with a sun helmet, walking stick, and Bible, James Meredith, began a 220-mile March Against Fear from Memphis, TN, to Jackson, Miss., to encourage African Americans in Miss. to register to vote and prove an African American man could walk free in the South. On the second day of the March outside Hernando, Miss. he was shot, but completed the march after recoveri from his wounds. 4,000 Black Mississippians registered to Vote as a result.