Jack Thornell. James Meredith, wounded by a shotgun blast, sprawled on a highway near Hernando, Mississippi, June 6, 1966. 26-year-old Associated Press photographer Jack Thornell famously captured this Pulitzer Prize-winning image of James Meredith, the first African American to attend the University of Mississippi, after he was wounded by a sniper while leading a march to encourage African Americans to vote. When the attack happened, Thornell was sitting in hid car waiting for a…
James Meredith (born June 25, 1933) was the first African American to attend the University of Mississippi, amid two years of court battles and rioting which killed two people and injured many more. After graduating from Ole Miss with a degree in political science, he received a postgraduate degree in economics from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria and a law degree from Columbia Law School. He was shot during the 1966 March Against Fear. #TodayInBlackHistory
James Howard Meredith was the first black student to attend the University of Mississippi. Two people were killed and at least 75 injured when white students and opponents of desegregation started a riot. Hundreds of extra troops, federal marshals and police were brought in to join Federal forces already stationed in the nearby town of Oxford.
MISSISSIPPI 1966 | June 5, 1966, equipped with a sun helmet, walking stick, and Bible, James Meredith, began a 220-mile March Against Fear from Memphis, TN, to Jackson, Miss., to encourage African Americans in Miss. to register to vote and prove an African American man could walk free in the South. On the second day of the March outside Hernando, Miss. he was shot, but completed the march after recoveri from his wounds. 4,000 Black Mississippians registered to Vote as a result.
James Meredith, Civil Rights movement. In 1962, he was the first African American student admitted to the segregated University of Mississippi, an event that was a flashpoint in the American civil rights movement. Motivated by President John F. Kennedy's inaugural address, Meredith decided to exercise his constitutional rights and apply to the University of Mississippi.
Constance Baker Motley (September 14, 1921 - September 28, 2005) won 9 out of 10 cases she argued before the Supreme Court, including one that admitted James Meredith to Ole Miss. She was the first black woman admitted to Columbia Law School, to become a federal judge, and to be elected to the New York State Senate. She began her career as a clerk at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund under Thurgood Marshall where she wrote the original complaint in Brown v Board of Education. #TodayInBlackHistory
In 1962, James Meredith was the first African American student admitted to the segregated University of Mississippi, an event that was a flashpoint in the American civil rights movement. October 1, 1962.
On June 6,1966, civil rights activist James Meredith was shot while leading the March Against Fear from Memphis to Jackson, Mississippi. Meredith later rejoined the march which registered several thousand people to vote. 1967 Pulitzer Prize, Photography, Jack R. Thornell, Associated Press