On June 5th, 1966, civil rights activist James Meredith began a 220-mile March Against Fear from Memphis, TN, to Jackson, MS. Meredith had integrated the University of Mississippi four years earlier. The march was planned to challenge the culture of fear, and to encourage African Americans in Mississippi to register to vote.
On June 6th, 1966, the second day of his march, Meredith was shot and wounded by a white salesman in Mississippi. Injured and unable to continue, civil rights leaders continued the march to Jackson in his place with Meredith rejoining near the end.
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