James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner were killed June 21, 1964, by members of the Ku Klux Klan for helping blacks register to vote in Neshoba and Lauderdale counties.
The 48th Annual Mississippi Civil Rights Martyrs Memorial Conference remembers their sacrifice, and that of others, beginning Friday in Neshoba County. Numerous events will take place over a three-day period.
On Friday, June 22, a Caravan for Justice will assemble at 8 a.m. at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 11191 Road 747, in the Longdale community of Neshoba County. At 9 a.m., the caravan departs for the Mississippi Coliseum, 1207 Mississippi Street, in Jackson.
From the Mississippi Coliseum, a March for Justice will commemorate the march Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led in Philadelphia, Miss., on the second anniversary of the murders of civil rights workers Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner.
The 2012 March for Justice will follow Mississippi Street to the Mississippi Capitol, 400 High Street, Jackson, Mississippi.
A Rally for Justice for All Mississippi civil rights martyrs will start at 11 a.m. on the steps of the Capitol.
After the rally there will be a lunch at a local restaurant. At 2 p.m. the caravan will proceed to 31st Missionary Baptist Church, 3411 20th Street, Meridian, Miss.
At 6 p.m. a meet and greet will take place at a local restaurant.
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.