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James Meredith, who, in 1962, became the first African American admitted to the University of Mississippi, returned to the segregationist state four years later to promote voter registration. Mr. Goudsouzian tells the story of his return, after graduating from a different school. Meredith was shot while marching for voter rights in the summer of 1966, sparking civil rights supporters from all over the country to go to Mississippi to continue his activism. Mr. Goudsouzian discusses this piece of American history and the emergence of the call for "black power" with Rich Benjamin, Senior Fellow at Demos.