Meredith, James, 1933-


"In January 1961, the night following John F. Kennedy's presidential inauguration, Meredith decided to submit his first application to the University of Mississippi (also known as Ole Miss), which was closed to African American students. His application was rejected twice, but with the help of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Meredith legally challenged the university's segregation policy. After enduring extended court battles, the defiance of Mississippi's Governor Ross Barnett, and violent campus riots, Meredith was finally admitted on 1 October 1962...In 1966 Meredith began a 'March Against Fear,' a solitary march from Memphis, Tennessee, to Jackson, Mississippi, to encourage African American voter registration. When a sniper wounded him on the second day of the march, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the Congress of Racial Equality, and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee rallied behind his cause."--"Meredith, James Howard (1933- )" King Encyclopedia. Retrieved January 11, 2008:

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