Caravan and March for Justice

By: Mike McDaniel Email
By: Mike McDaniel Email

The 48th Annual Mississippi Civil Rights Martyrs Caravan and March for Justice started in Neshoba County Friday and ended at the Mississippi Capitol.

A group of Mississippians marched through the streets of downtown Jackson Friday to draw attention to civil rights struggles, which they say are still happening today.

It's part of the annual march and rally to remember people who died working for civil rights, such as James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, who became iconic figures during the movement.

Activists say many of those murders remain unsolved and un-prosecuted. Members of this group want authorities to conduct full examinations of all the deaths.

The names of people killed were displayed on crosses carried by march participants, who say they'll continue the fight.

"So it can be done," said Ralph Fertig, social activist. "The other part of the message is that it needs to be done. We continue to have great inequities in our systems of justice, of education, of housing."

The march and rally are part of a weekend long event bringing awareness to what activists say are existing problems in the state.

The group travels to Meridian Friday evening for a meet and greet at 31st Missionary Baptist Church.

On Saturday, June 23, at 8 a.m., participants will assemble at the former COFO office site, 2505 5th Street, Meridian, Miss.

At 9 a.m. a caravan will leave for the the Longdale Community Center on Road 632, in Neshoba County.

A conference will be held to discuss unresolved civil rights cases in Mississippi.

A memorial service will start at 11:30 a.m. A picnic will start at 12:30 p.m. and end at 4 p.m.

A Steele family gathering will be held at the Longdale Community Center on Sunday, June 24, beginning at 10:30 a.m. All family, friends, and the general public are welcome.

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