National Civil Rights Conference Begins in Meridian

Meridian, Mississippi The fourth annual National Civil Rights Conference began Monday in Meridian.

The conference coincides this year with the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Summer in Mississippi. People get to attend sessions and workshops and learn about the men and women of the Civil Rights Movement. The conference aims to get people to learn about civil rights history and apply it to today's world.

"We live in a global community and it's important for us to be able to share our accomplishments with those who are involved in contemporary struggles," said Dr. Keith Parker, the chairman of the planning committee of the conference.

The conference runs through Wednesday. In conjunction with the conference, Meridian and Lauderdale County Tourism is unveiling Meridian's Civil Rights Trail Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. in Meridian's historic African American Business District.