1966 June 6

“March Against Fear” in Mississippi Begins; James Meredith Shot

 

James Meredith, who had integrated the University of Mississippi in 1962 amid riots (September 20, 1962; October 1, 1962), launched a “March Against Fear” in Mississippi on this day, and was soon shot and wounded. Other civil rights leaders joined in to continue the march.

It was during this march that SNCC leader Stokely Carmichael first raised the slogan of “Black Power,” on June 16, 1966.

Watch Meredith discuss his “March Against Fear”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YB_kezlxv2w

Learn more: Meredith McGee, James Meredith: Warrior and the America That Created Him (2013)

Read Meredith’s own story: James Meredith, Three Years in Mississippi (1966)

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