Reconciliation Week Building Relationships

Meridian, Miss. Reconciliation Week events continued Wednesday with the Rev. Charles J. Miller Memorial Banquet.

The people who were affected by the Lockheed Martin shootings got together at Union Station for lunch to talk about how far they have come in the 10 years since the shooting. They shared how they are still in the process of healing.

"It is important to get some visible representation so we can see ourselves," said Jinnell Fox Miller, Rev. Miller's widow. "And we used to sing a little song, 'the more we get together, the happier we'll be. Your friends are my friends, and my friends are your friends'. And we get together and you know, visible, see each other and share."

During the luncheon the Reconciler Awards were presented to the Rev. Charles Johnson of Fitkins Memorial Church of the Nazarene in Meridian and Wade Jones, EMBDC president.

This award recognizes individuals who are crossing boundaries with integrity and furthering the cause of reconciliation within the community.

The Rev. Charles J. Miller Memorial Scholarships winners were Denzel Turner and Angel Hopson. Both MHS graduates received $300 for their education.

On Thursday, Mission Mississippi will host a luncheon that's open to the public at Union Station from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The organization's president, Neddie Winters, will share details about Mission Mississippi and how you may get involved in the local chapter.

A Reconciliation Week Memorial Motorcycle Ride will take place Friday.