6/4/2020 Jackson MS. A group of young protestors age 5 to 12 yrs old gathered outside the Old Mississippi State Capitol to protest the brutal murder of another African American man, George Floyd at the knees and hands of 4 former Minneapolis Minnesota police officers. They then marched past the Governors mansion and into Smith park where they met civil rights icon James Meredith by accident. Meredith then spoke to them about his March Against Fear and showed 5 yr. old called Herrington where he was shot.
Civil right icon and Mississippi native son James Meredith sat on a park bench in downtown Jackson Mississippi and spoke with a group of kids wearing Black Lives Matter T-shirts and carrying signs that called for the end of White Supremacy. The kids and their guardians were protesting outside the old Capitol the group then marched past the Governors mansion into the park and met James Meredith. The group of young adults and their guardians were demonstrating in response to the brutal murder of George Floyd. This Saturday June 6th marks the 54th Anniversary of Meredith’s March Against Fear. Meredith said " Mississippi is the center of the universe, and if change is gonna happen it will start here first." He believes Mississippi is the most important and powerful word in the English language.
Meredith was shot on the second day of his march by Aubrey James Norvell a member of the KKK. Norvell would later be the first white man convicted of shooting an African American. Photo© Suzi Altman