7 3/4 x 5 3/4 in. silver gelatin photograph (overall very good). Caption in negative in left margin; ink stamps and light penciled notations on verso.
James Meredith (b. 1933), the first African American student admitted to the University of Mississippi, organized and led a solo 220-mile March Against Fear from Memphis, Tennessee, to Jackson, Mississippi, to shed light on continuing racism in the South and encourage voter registration following passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The march began on June 6, 1966, and on the following day, Meredith was shot and wounded by a white gunman. While Meredith recovered from his wounds at a hospital, leaders of various organizations rallied around his cause and continued to march in his name. Over two weeks later, Meredith rejoined the march, which reached Jackson on June 26 and included an estimated 15,000 marchers, making it the largest civil rights march in Mississippi.
In 1967, Meredith became active in the Republican Party, and he unsuccessfully ran for Adam Clayton Powell Jr.'s seat in the US House of Representatives. He later ran for a seat in the Senate, losing to Democratic incumbent James Eastland in 1972. Meredith remained active in politics for several years, including serving as a domestic adviser to Jesse Helms from 1989-1991.
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