JAMES MEREDITH’S SOLO MARCH FOR VOTER REGISTRATION
On this day June 6, 1966 U.S. Air Force Vet and the Controversial 1st African American student admitted to the segregated University of Mississippi James Meredith was shot and wounded in an assassination attempt as he embarked on a 220 mile solo “March against Fear” from Memphis TN to Jackson MS. His goal was to highlight continued racism in the south and promote voter registration after the Voters registration act of 1965.
Although he didnt want any participation from Civil Rights groups, after his assassination atempt activists Stokley Carmichael, The Rev. Dr. King and many others continued the march. By the time he recovered and rejoined the crusade he was among 15,000 marchers registering over 4,000 voters.