This Day in History

Civil rights activist James Meredith was shot on June 6, 1966, during his solo March Against Fear to promote black voter registration and challenge racial segregation in Mississippi. Meredith survived the attack and his march was continued by other major civil rights leaders, including Martin Luther King Jr., and grew significantly in size and scope. The shooting and the subsequent rally brought renewed attention to the civil rights movement and underscored the persistent resistance to racial equality in the United States.