JUNE 26, 1966

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The March Against Fear, which became known as the “Meredith March,” ended at the Mississippi Capitol in Jackson. James Meredith, who started the one-man march before being shot, had recovered enough to help finish it with Martin Luther King Jr., who spoke. SNCC leaders used the event to organize Black voting across the state. By the time the march ended, leaders had crafted a manifesto that called on President Lyndon Johnson to “actively enforce existing federal laws to protect the rights of all Americans.” It was the last major event of a united civil rights movement.

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The stories of investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell have helped put four Klansmen and a serial killer behind bars. His stories have also helped free two people from death row, exposed injustices and corruption, prompting investigations and reforms as well as the firings of boards and officials. He is a Pulitzer Prize finalist, a longtime member of Investigative Reporters & Editors, and a winner of more than 30 other national awards, including a $500,000 MacArthur “genius” grant. After working for three decades for the statewide Clarion-Ledger, Mitchell left in 2019 and founded the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting.