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Remembering James Meredith

Jun 27, 2014

As the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act approaches, Midday features the story of James Meredith, who in 1962 became the first African-American student at the University of Mississippi. Four years later, as Meredith led a “March Against Fear” to promote black voter registration, he was wounded by a gunman, a moment captured in an iconic photograph. What followed was one of the central dramas of the civil rights era. Historian Aram Goudsouzian tells this story in "Down to the Crossroads: Civil Rights, Black Power, and the Meredith March Against Fear."

James Meredith was shot while he marched for Civil Rights. This photograph later became iconic.