James Meredith, the first Black student admitted to the University of Mississippi, attempted to launch a "March Against Fear" in the spring of 1966 to highlight the changes in the South. Shortly after crossing the Mississippi border, he was shot by a sniper hiding on the roadside. Meredith survived the shooting, and other civil rights activists continued the march. Courtesy of Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement website.
Constance Baker Motley (September 14, 1921 - September 28, 2005) won 9 out of 10 cases she argued before the Supreme Court, including one that admitted James Meredith to Ole Miss. She was the first black woman admitted to Columbia Law School, to become a federal judge, and to be elected to the New York State Senate. She began her career as a clerk at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund under Thurgood Marshall where she wrote the original complaint in Brown v Board of Education. #TodayInBlackHistory
James H. Meredith is a predominant figure in the civil rights movement. He was the first African American student to attend the University of Mississippi, an event that was a flash point in the American civil rights movement. In 1966, Meredith organized and led a civil rights March Against Fear. During it he was shot in the back and legs by Aubrey Norvell, who attempted to assassinate him. He recovered from his wounds.
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.
James Howard Meredith (born June 25, 1933) is an American civil rights movement figure, a writer, and a political adviser. In 1962, he was the first African American student admitted to the segregated University of Mississippi, an event that was a flashpoint in the American civil rights movement. Motivated by President John F. Kennedy's inaugural address, Meredith decided to exercise his constitutional rights and apply to the University of Mississippi.
In 1962, James Meredith was the first African American student admitted to the segregated University of Mississippi, an event that was a flashpoint in the American civil rights movement. October 1, 1962.