Meredith to speak at 15 metro area libraries in month


The Mississippi Link Newswire


The Jackson Hinds Library System will host James Meredith, civil rights activist, at each of its 15 libraries during the month of July. Meredith will discuss his historic Walk Against Fear, which led to the March Against Fear and how he feels the events of his life have affected the past, present and future in Mississippi.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the March Against Fear, from Memphis to Jackson. It was planned as an encouragement for black voter registration. Meredith knew that he was exposing himself to serious danger but felt that the reason for the march was important enough to take that risk.

A lone gunman shot Meredith June 6, the second day of his mission but he was able later to rejoin the march which finished in Jackson June 26, 1966. Many civil rights leaders, organizations and supporters, black and white, joined the march strengthening the cause to raise awareness of the need to improve the civil rights of blacks, not just in Mississippi but nationwide.

Anyone who would like to meet a civil rights icon and listen to history and its effects on Mississippi’s future first hand, from someone who lived it, is invited to attend any, or all, of the programs being held in July.

All programs are free and open to the public. The schedule is as follows:

Eudora Welty Library 

July 7 at 6 p.m.

Beverly Brown Library 

July 11 at 1 p.m.

Willie Morris Library 

July 12 at 2 p.m.

Annie T. Jeffers Library 

July 13 at 2 p.m.

Charles Tisdale Library 

July 14 at 5 p.m.

Medgar Evers Library 

July 18 at 11 a.m.

Fannie Lou Hamer Library 

July 19 at 10 a.m.

Raymond Library 

July 20 at 2:30 p.m.

Bolden Moore Library 

July 21 at 3:30 p.m.

Lois F. Flagg Library 

July 22 at 1 p.m.

Evelyn T. Majure Library 

July 25 at 5 p.m.

Quisenberry Library 

July 26 at 7 p.m.

Ella Bess Austin Library 

July 27 at 3 p.m.

Richard Wright Library 

July 28 at 5 p.m.

Margaret Walker Alexander Library 

July 29 at 2 p.m.

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