U.S. Senatepassed resolution aheen, D-N.H., commemorating the 50th anniversary of James H. Meredith’s “March Against Fear” during the civil rights movement. – See more at: http://www.wtva.com/news/local/Senators_Honor_50th_Anniversary_of_James_Merediths_Historic_March_Against_Fear.html#sthash.wVmENK7Q.dpuf

Whereas, in 1965, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (52 U.S.C. 10301 et seq.), which passed Congress with bipartisan support and was signed by President Lyndon Johnson, prohibited racial discrimination in voting;

Whereas, in 1966, 4 years after integration, the first African-American student at Ole Miss planned a 220-mile march from Memphis, Tennessee, to Jackson, Mississippi (referred to in this preamble as the “Meredith March Against Fear”) –

(1)   to challenge the fear that dominated the day-to-day lives of African-Americans in the Southern United States, specifically in the State of Mississippi; and

(2)   to encourage the 450,000 unregistered African-Americans in the State of Mississippi to register to vote and to go to the polls;

jhWhereas, on June 5, 1966, the historic Meredith March Against Fear began at the Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis, Tennessee;

– See more at: http://www.wtva.com/news/local/Senators_Honor_50th_Anniversary_of_James_Merediths_Historic_March_Against_Fear.html#sthash.wVmENK7Q.dpuf

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