James Meredith, a well-known Civil Rights activist in the mid-’60s, was born and raised in Kosciusko, the county seat of Attala. He grew up in an area where the practice of racial segregation was accepted and practiced with fierce enforcement. On October 1, 1962, Meredith became the first black student to integrate The University of Mississippi. Because of his actions, Meredith was shot during his solitary March Against Fear in 1966. After recovering from his wounds, he left the Civil Rights Movement to further pursue his academic career.