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Wife of Civil Rights Icon James Meredith Talks Life, Resistance in Shadows of the Movement

Shantella Y. Sherman | 2/17/2013, 4:26 p.m.

While he remains steadfast and conscious of the racial and social injustices that continue to plague America, Meredith believes those injustices have permeated other areas of life for Blacks in Mississippi and America since the Civil Rights Era.

Alsobrooks-Meredith points to the ongoing battle between Maryland's four historically Black colleges and universities and the state, reminiscent of the Ayers Desegregation Case in Mississippi, where students are demanding parity in funding between white and black state funded institutions.

"Certainly, this country's issue of race and how it is handled continues to evolve and will do so through time. As one case or issue is, in part, settled, there are others to rear their proverbial ugly head. Social equity has not been accomplished and there will be no absolute and complete resolution in our time, if ever," Alsobrooks-Meredith said.

Understanding how unchecked violence often courts social movements, one wonders if the battles would not be better waged by younger, stronger men. The question is almost laughable to Alsobrooks-Meredith.

"I actually have not had any concerns about James' safety. I'm sure it's because he absolutely has no fear. I've learned so much from James, and come to realize that those few people who risk their lives in that manner were indeed chosen by God to do His will. He does not feel he is a hero; nor does he understand why others say that he is," she said.