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.

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.

(Source: photos.lapl.org)