Civil Rights Caravan

By: Nick Adam Email
By: Nick Adam Email

This weekend supporters from across the country, black and white, young and old, are gathering in Philadelphia marking a solemn anniversary.

48 years ago this week, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner were killed by a group of Ku Klux Klansmen for helping African Americans register to vote in Neshoba and Lauderdale Counties.

Saturday morning a group met in Meridian to get ready to head to Neshoba County as the annual conference promoting civil rights continues.

"I'm just a person who wants to be involved, and feel that this is the right thing to do," says Ruth Jones, a Meridian native, "and we really should be involved, and I'm really excited about the kids who are here from various places and will be going with us to Philadelphia."

Other folks taking part include men and women who were in this area during that time of social strife in the 1960s, including a Minnesota resident who arrived the day of the murder of those civil rights workers.

"I come back down once in a while to just pay my respects," says Charles Leck, "and go out to the site where they were murdered and bow my head for them."

Once the caravan arrived in Neshoba County Saturday morning, the schedule for the day included a conference discussing un-prosecuted or not fully prosecuted civil rights cases in Mississippi, along with a memorial service remembering those who died in the movement, and a picnic that was set to wrap up late Saturday afternoon.

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  • by Anonymous on Jun 27, 2012 at 11:57 AM
    I watched as the FBI & others drove past my house 40 years ago. I don't watch any more. I'm tired of this pilgrimage. It's time for people to move on. There is a greater divide between the races than ever before & things like this don't help it just stirs up old hurts. People where I live have always got along together well, even in 1964. That stirred up hatred & as the years pass the healing hasn't begun, only the widened the gap of racism & hatred on both sides. Apathy is sadly the only feeling left.
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      by Not Surprised on Jun 27, 2012 at 06:54 PM in reply to
      But then how would the race _____ keep the donations coming in if they didn't keep stirring up trouble!!!
  • by Randy on Jun 25, 2012 at 11:13 AM
    I only counted 15 getting on the bus
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      by Anonymous on Jun 25, 2012 at 08:22 PM in reply to Randy
      It isn't our fault you can't count past 15, but thanks for trying.
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        by not so on Jun 27, 2012 at 11:59 AM in reply to
        Maybe his count was right & you just don't want to admit there aren't as many... huh? Maybe it IS your fault & YOU cannot count!
  • by Huh? on Jun 24, 2012 at 07:58 PM
    How is God's hand against us, Randle?
  • by chuckles Location: Lauderdale County on Jun 24, 2012 at 05:56 PM
    Why aren't there ever civil lefts marches???
  • by Just sayin..... Location: Meridian on Jun 24, 2012 at 12:23 PM
    Memorializing the killing of Civil Rights workers of forty years ago while today blacks are killing blacks. Forty years from now who will be memorializing them?
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      by Anonymous on Jun 25, 2012 at 08:20 PM in reply to Just sayin.....
      Just are about ignorant. That is like saying only whites molest young boys. Well, you may be onto something after all.
  • by Donna Location: Lauderdle county on Jun 24, 2012 at 07:07 AM
    We need to pray that God will heal our land and stand up for what is right. I remember this time, I am from Philadelphia, and those people didn't deserve to die, they were standing up for others and what they believe in.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 23, 2012 at 08:45 PM
    They going to worry about cases that happen 40 years ago, and can't solve them that happened last week.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 25, 2012 at 08:21 PM in reply to
      They going to? Looks like someone needs to worry about grammar. Never mind, this is Meridian.
  • by Randle Jennings Location: Meridian on Jun 23, 2012 at 08:41 PM
    Until Meridian make peace and justice with this situation, God's hand will always be against US!
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      by Believer on Jun 24, 2012 at 05:17 AM in reply to Randle Jennings
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      by Anonymous on Jun 25, 2012 at 08:21 PM in reply to Randle Jennings
      God has bigger and better things to do that worry with a bunch of ignorant rednecks.
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