72.8 F
New York
Saturday, July 11, 2020

This Day in History: June 6th

Must read

This Day in History: July 10th

Mary Jane McLeod was born on July 10, 1875 on a rice and cotton farm near Mayesville, South Carolina, where both of her parents...

Schenectady Officer Kneels on Black Man’s Neck Until He Passes Out

Video footage of a Schenectady police officer who was captured kneeling on an unarmed Black man's neck has gone viral.

This Day in History: July 6th

Philando Castile was murdered on July 6, 2016, by a Minnesota cop in his car as his girlfriend and her 4-year-old daughter watched. Catille, 32,...

This Day in History: July 4th

Tuskegee University Was Founded With the leadership of Dr. Booker T. Washington and the dream of Lewis Adams,...
EJ Stewart
EJ Stewart
Elijah Stewart is an associate producer for NY1, Founder & Host on Nu Generation Media & Podcast Network and Sports Editor of TheHub.News

Civil Rights activist James Meredith became the first African-American to attend the University of Mississippi on October 1, 1962 when Mississippi National Guard and federal troops took control over the campus following a riot in protest of his admission.

The Air Force veteran’s entrance to the school’s registration office was blocked by the state’s governor, who was later found guilty of civil contempt. U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy sent 127 U.S. deputy marshals to accompany Meredith on campus, sparking riots that left two people dead.

But Meredith’s fight for equality extended beyond the one year he spent at Ole Miss. Meredith led the March Against in Fear on this day (June 5th) 1966. Demonstrators sought to promote black voter registration and fight racism by walking from Memphis, Tennessee to Jackson, Mississippi.

But on the second day of the march, Meredith was shot by sniper bullets that struck him in the head, neck, back and legs. White Memphis native Aubrey James Norvell plead guilty to the shooting but served 18 months of a five-year prison sentence.

To show the movement would not be deterred by violence, Martin Luther King, Stokely Carmichael and other civil rights activists continued the march while Meredith recovered from his injuries. He would later rejoin the demonstration, which reached Jackson, Mississippi on June 26th.

- Advertisement -

More articles

- Advertisement -

Latest article

This Day in History: July 1st

Three African Countries Gain Independence July 1st serves as a day of independence for three African countries: Somalia,...

Meet Arthell Isom, The Entrepreneur Who Broke Into Japan’s Anime Industry

It is 3 a.m. on the East Coast of America. Tokyo’s afternoon...

This Day in History: June 29th

Civil Rights Leader, Stokely Carmichael, Was Born Stokely Carmichael, who originated the term “black power,” was born on...

This Day in History: June 25th

Mozambique Gains Independence in 1975 Mozambique, a southeastern African country rich in natural resources, gained independence from Portugal...

This Day in History: June 22, Sci-Fi Maven Octavia Butler is Born

There wouldn’t be The Walking Dead without the works of Octavia Butler, who was one of the first to explore a world where “human zombies”...