Meridian, Miss. The 3rd Annual National Civil Rights Conference opened Sunday in Meridian. It's held around the time of the anniversary of the 1964 disappearance of three civil rights workers, Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman, who were later found murdered.
The conference focuses on civil rights, education, equality, human dignity, and social justice.
Some of those who attended said it's important to educate young people about the fight for equality..
"What we can try to do is to educate our young people to understand the movement and why we were involved many years ago, and how they must now pick up the torch and carry it on," said Flonzie Brownwright. "See, they don't have the obstacles that we had 50 years ago."
"It provides an opportunity for those who participate to learn what transpired during the civil rights movement," said state Rep. Charles Young, Jr., of District 82 in Meridian. "It also affords us an opportunity to merge the past with the present to develop the future."
The Sunday event was the first of many planned for this week around the area.