March Against Fear
— Mississippi Freedom Trail —
Front James Meredith began his Memphis-to-Jackson "March Against Fear" on June 4, 1966, challenging a'the all-pervasive and overriding fear" that kept black Mississippians from registering to vote. On the second day, south of Hernando, a white man emerged from the roadside and shot Meredith three times, wounding him, Major civil rights leaders Including Stokely Carmichael, Martin Luther King, Jr., Floyd McKissick, Roy Wilkins, and Whitney Young converged in Hernando to continue the march to the State Capitol. Meredith recovered sufficiently by June 26th to join the rally there, where, along with others, he addressed the largest crowd assembled for the cause of civil rights in the state's history.
James Meredith, who had integrated the University of Mississippi in the fall of 1962, hoped that his June 1966 "March Against Fear" from Memphis to Jackson would set an example of courage to African Americans in Mississippi, encouraging them to register to vote, He also sought popular attention, as he was considering running for governor or lieutenant governor in the 1967 election.
The Hernando ambulance took Meredith to a Memphis hospital; the Associated Press misunderstood a report and announced that James Meredith was dead, later correcting the statement. On hearing news of the incident, comedian Dick Gregory staged a reverse walk from Hernando to Memphis, while major civil rights leaders converged in Hernando to continue the March Against Fear to Jackson. During the next few weeks, Stokely
Erected 2016 by Mississippi Development Authority Tourism Division. (Marker Number 24.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and the Mississippi Freedom Trail marker series.
Location. 34° 47.901′ N, 89° 59.364′ W. Marker is near Hernando, Mississippi, in DeSoto County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 51 and Vinson Road, on the right when traveling south on U.S. 51. Located near the Hernando Veterans of Foreign Wars Post (VFW) #7531. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4243 US-51, Hernando MS 38632, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Living Blues (approx. Hubert Sumlin (approx. 9.6 miles away); Charley Patton (approx. 9.6 miles away); Dockery Farms (approx. 9.6 miles away); The Peavine Branch (approx. 9.6 miles away); Po' Monkey's (approx. 9.6 miles away); Club Ebony (approx. 9.6 miles away); Albert King (approx. 9.6 miles away).
Also see . . . Wikipedia article on James Meredith. (Submitted on October 24, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 24, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 24, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 30 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 24, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.