Civil rights leader James Meredith (second from right) leads a voter registration march in South Central Los Angeles in 1966.
Los Angeles Public Library
In June 1966, Meredith began his one-man “March Against Fear” to encourage blacks to stand up to oppression and register to vote. Only 30 miles from his starting point, he was ambushed in Hernando, Mississippi. Meredith was shot several times but not seriously wounded. Once he recovered, he completed his journey. 4,000 black Mississippians registered to vote during the march.
I woke up today and got ready. Today felt like it was going to be a good day and it is. I just got back from taking care of some errands, I just got a bed that I’ve been wanting for a while from someone here in Denton, it was brand new but she sold it to me for only $80. I’m going to clean my apartment and get rid of A LOT of stuff and I don’t have to work today. Today is a really good day. Really good.