United States Negro, James Meredith, was shot in the back as he began a civil rights march through Mississippi yesterday (MONDAY).
United States Negro, James Meredith, was shot in the back as he began a civil rights march through Mississippi yesterday (MONDAY). He was reported today to be in a satisfactory condition. A man is reported to have been arrested for the shooting.
Meredith was at the head of a small band of followers marching to Jackson, the Mississippi capital, from the Tennessee order when he was shot. He has set out from Memphis, Tennessee, to dramatise the drive for Negro voter registration in the Southern States.
He had ignored jeers and obscenities from carloads of whites driving past, brandishing the Confederate Flag of South Rebels during the American Civil War before he was shot.
Now a fully qualified lawyer, Meredit broke through the racial barrier at the University of Mississippi in 1962 when he enrolled there under their protection of Federal marshals and amid riots, during which people were killed.
President Johnson has described Meredith's shooting as "an awful act of violence" which every sensible American deplored. He ordered the attorney-General, mr. Nicholas Katzenbach, to spare no effort in bringing the guilty person to justice.
Governor Paul Johnson, of Tennessee, announced that a 41-year white man from Memphis had admitted that he had fired the shot.