Civil rights activist James Meredith grimaces in pain as he pulls himself across Highway 51 after being shot in Hernando, Mississippi, on June 6, 1966. Meredith, who defied segregation to enroll at the University of Mississippi in 1962, completed his protest march from Memphis, Tennessee, to Jackson, Mississippi, after receiving treatment for his wounds.

Civil rights activist James Meredith grimaces in pain as he pulls himself across Highway 51 after being shot in Hernando, Mississippi, on June 6, 1966. Meredith, who defied segregation to enroll at the University of Mississippi in 1962, completed his protest march from Memphis, Tennessee, to Jackson, Mississippi, after receiving treatment for his wounds.

In June 1966, the largest civil rights demonstration in Mississippi history drew 15,000 protesters to the state Capitol. This culmination of the “March Against Fear” featured speeches by Martin Luther King, Jr., and James Meredith, who had become the first African- American student at the University of Mississippi four years earlier. Today, the spot on which the crowd gathered holds one of the newest markers on the Mississippi Freedom Trail.

In June 1966, the largest civil rights demonstration in Mississippi history drew 15,000 protesters to the state Capitol. This culmination of the “March Against Fear” featured speeches by Martin Luther King, Jr., and James Meredith, who had become the first African- American student at the University of Mississippi four years earlier. Today, the spot on which the crowd gathered holds one of the newest markers on the Mississippi Freedom Trail.

James Meredith is a civil rights activist who became the first African American to attend the University of Mississippi in 1962.

James Meredith is a civil rights activist who became the first African American to attend the University of Mississippi in 1962.

James Meredith asks 21 tough questions about school reform -- 21 questions every American should ask of their politicians, educators and school reformers

James Meredith asks 21 tough questions about school reform -- 21 questions every American should ask of their politicians, educators and school reformers

10-18-12 James Meredith opens up  In a rare interview with OM student journalists, talking about his personal mission, the civil rights movement and integration.   “It’s amazing. You can watch it and see it in his eyes. It’s so powerful that now, opposed to 50 years ago when no one would speak to him or shake his hand, he now feels so much a part of the family of Ole Miss and he is a treasured member of the family at Ole Miss.” His current objective?...to improve the state's public schools.

10-18-12 James Meredith opens up In a rare interview with OM student journalists, talking about his personal mission, the civil rights movement and integration. “It’s amazing. You can watch it and see it in his eyes. It’s so powerful that now, opposed to 50 years ago when no one would speak to him or shake his hand, he now feels so much a part of the family of Ole Miss and he is a treasured member of the family at Ole Miss.” His current objective?...to improve the state's public schools.

James Meredith Integrated Ole Miss, Oct. 1962...but later on he took on another major effort to organize and promote voter registration in his home state, but was shot on the way of his public march near...Hernando, Ms..During this time, Meredith organized and led a civil rights march, the March Against Fear from Memphis, to Jackson, Ms, beginning on June 6, 1966. This was his public effort to encourage blacks to register and vote after passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

James Meredith Integrated Ole Miss, Oct. 1962...but later on he took on another major effort to organize and promote voter registration in his home state, but was shot on the way of his public march near...Hernando, Ms..During this time, Meredith organized and led a civil rights march, the March Against Fear from Memphis, to Jackson, Ms, beginning on June 6, 1966. This was his public effort to encourage blacks to register and vote after passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

"Discover James Meredith's incredible educational journey toward becoming the first African American student at the University of Mississippi, at Biography.com." http://www.biography.com/people/james-meredith-9406314

"Discover James Meredith's incredible educational journey toward becoming the first African American student at the University of Mississippi, at Biography.com." http://www.biography.com/people/james-meredith-9406314

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