The 4th Annual Civil Rights Conference concluded Wednesday in Meridian.
Over the past three days, there have been many speakers and presentations discussing matters such as student involvement in the community, college access, and the history of Mississippi.
Keith Parker, a sociology professor at the University of Georgia, says it is important we know the historical background of our state.
"Because knowledge is power," said Parker. "And we must know about the past in order to be prepared for the future, to move forward with a positive, constructive reality of who we are as a people and what Mississippi really stands for."
The conference coincides with the anniversary of the deaths of three civil rights workers in 1964. Michael Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman were based in Meridian when they were murdered after going to Neshoba County to investigate a church burning.
Parker says there are ghosts in Mississippi, but individuals need to focus on the heroes of all ethnicity who work together for a more civic community.
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