SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - James Meredith, the first African-American student admitted to the University of Mississippi, will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, in the Storer Ballroom of the Shepherd College Center. That day will mark the 35th anniversary of the day he enrolled at "Ole Miss."
In 1966, Meredith led a "March Against Fear" from Memphis, Tenn., to Jackson, Miss., to encourage African-Americans in the south to register to vote. One day into his trek, Meredith was shot by an unknown gunman. His march was continued by Martin Luther King Jr., Stokely Carmichael and Floyd McKissick; Meredith rejoined them to finish the march after recovering from his wounds.
Meredith was unsuccessful in an attempt to win the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 1972. In 1989, he joined the staff of Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., as an advisor.