James Meredith Shot During March Against Fear

Moments In Civil Rights History

On June 6th, 1966, civil rights activist James Meredith was shot and wounded by a white salesman in Mississippi, on the second day of his 220-mile March Against Fear. He planned the march to encourage black voter registration in Mississippi. Injured and unable to continue, civil rights leaders continued the march to Jackson in his place with Meredith rejoining near the end.