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CNV Memphis Rallys Against Fear

Posted by Ryan Hall
06.13.16

Ed Wallin in the front who marched in the original Rally Against Fear 50 years ago

CNV Memphis was part of the Rally Against Fear on Saturday at the National Civil Rights Museum.

The National Civil Rights Museum hosted the Rally Against Fear in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Mississippi Meredith March Against Fear. On June 5, 1966 James Meredith, the first African-American to enroll at the Ole Miss, began a sojourn from Memphis to Jackson, MS, to draw attention to the fact that blacks were still disenfranchised and treated as second-class citizens in Mississippi even after two major civil rights bills were passed. Martin Luther King Jr., Stokely Carmichael, and Floyd McKissick continued Meredith’s march after he was shot and wounded in Hernando, MS on Day Two.

 

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Monica Juma with James Meredith

Fifty years after the March Against Fear, citizens still live in fear of systemic and institutional racism, unjust incarceration, immigrant deportation, homophobia, xenophobia, high unemployment, lack of jobs with fair wages, poor housing and disparities in education. The event was a moratorium against neglect, apathy and complacency and a call for fair representation, vigilance and an engaged citizenry. The Museum invited civic and grassroots organizations and like-minded individuals to participate in the one-mile march to symbolize a united front against violence, phobias and social injustices happening in communities across the nation.”

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