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Civil rights icon to headline confab

In a photo provided by the University of Mississippi, civil rights pioneer James Meredith holds his hand to his heart during the singing of the national anthem at a ceremony dedicating a civil rights memorial on the campus, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2006, in Oxford, Miss. The monument features a statue of Meredith, the first African-American student admitted to the University. (AP Photo/The University of Mississippi, Nathan Latil)
In a photo provided by the University of Mississippi, civil rights pioneer James Meredith holds his hand to his heart during the singing of the national anthem at a ceremony dedicating a civil rights memorial on the campus, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2006, in Oxford, Miss. The monument features a statue of Meredith, the first African-American student admitted to the University. (AP Photo/The University of Mississippi, Nathan Latil)

James Meredith, an icon of the civil rights movement and an Air Force veteran, will visit Coeur d’Alene, Moscow and Lewiston for a three-day “Walk the Talk” conference starting Oct. 16 at North Idaho College. Meredith, 82, became the first black student admitted to the segregated University of Mississippi in 1962, with the intervention and protection of U.S. marshals. In 1966, he was shot on the second day of a planned 220-mile march to encourage African-Americans in the South to register to vote. A Pulitzer Prize-winning photo of a bleeding Meredith crawling on a highway and grimacing in pain helped galvanize the civil rights cause. Meredith will discuss the past and present of civil rights during a series of lectures and break-out sessions sponsored by the Human Rights Education Institute in Coeur d’Alene. The visit includes a presentation at NIC’s Schuler Performing Arts Center in Boswell Hall on Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, or free for high school students/SR. More here.



D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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