James Meredith with born in Mississippi on June 25, 1933. When he was young, he was forced to give up his seat on a train, where he experienced his first sight at discrimination. In 1956, he married Mary Wiggins, but she died unexpectedly 23 years later. He started off his political career with the Republican party in the 1960s, but whenever he ran for a seat, he was unsuccessful. At the University of Mississippi, he became the first black student to attend and instantly got involved in politics. The Government blocked this transfer, and John F. Kennedy sent over 500 Marshall's to protect Meredith from moving to class to class. However, that was not enough, and shortly after being attacked JFK sent several thousand troops to escort him, and in 1964 he graduated. Lastly, on June 5th, 1966, James held a "March Against Fear" from Memphis to Jackson. The "March Against Fear" was used as way to protest against racism and discrimination. Meredith was the great iconoclast of the Civil Rights Movement, but was shot towards the beginning of his protest.