JUNE 25, 1933
James Meredith was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi. That same day, in 1962, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered his admission as the first known Black student to the University of Mississippi. Four years later, he started his one-man March Against Fear across the state, only to be shot by a white supremacist. Meredith survived, and civil rights leaders joined him in finishing the march that ended in Jackson, where Meredith and Martin Luther King Jr. spoke.