Meridian Star


February 16, 2014

Letters to the Editor February, 16 2014


MERIDIAN —     Dear Colleagues:

    It is with great pride and joy to say "shout-outs" to our very own Mr. Roscoe Jones and the Veterans of Civil Rights. The foundations ya'll laid paved the way for many of us who don't even know why we are standing where we are today!  THANK YOU and God Bless and may God keep You!

    This past Wednesday at City Hall, a special viewing of the documentary Freedom Summer was shown for a private group of invited guest. The documentary is scheduled for full public showing sometimes in June 2014 through PBS.  

    We are so proud to know we have brave warriors who stood on the front line of social, political and racial injustice; all to give those of us who were either too young, fearful, ignorant or apathetic to use the rights the U.S. Constitution gave to every citizen in this USA.

    To know Meridian played such a pivotal role in the Civil Rights Movement, and to witness the injustice still going on today; reveals something went terribly wrong after the murders of the (Famous 3).  

    Let's pray our children get to see this and appreciate where we came from, what we had to endure; and to engage themselves to become motivated to take advantage of all the rights, these people fought, bleed and died for, to make a better way for the children of tomorrow.

    I was deeply disturbed to hear Mr. Dave Dennis say, the world was waiting on Meridian; considering in 1964, we were out to show the world we could lead Mississippi and the poor blacks in this state, out of the depths of despair, into the Promised Land; only to find ourselves still wandering in the wilderness!

    We still have a lot of work to do! And we all must come together and get it done. Otherwise, the next generation of young people will continue off course, all because the 21st Century generation of so-called black/white Civil Rights Leaders refuse to accept responsibility of working together; thinking I've got my prosperity, the next generation of children needs to get theirs. Only to find out at the end of life's journey; it will resonate in their spirit, it profited nothing to have gain the whole world of material things, and having lost their souls! This will be tragic!

    Finally, we were challenged to recall our history, celebrate it, reconnect with it and identify key participants and families who either hosted freedom summer volunteers, made contributions and strides through other Civil Rights venues such as the work the NAACP, SCLC and other organizations who were operating during the same time freedom summer was making its way to the South.  

    We were told to notify either Mr. Roscoe Jones or the local NAACP with names and information which needs to be reconnected with, to appreciated their contributions toward gaining the liberty we are appreciating to today.  

    Folks, this is our history, no matter how ugly, hurtful, dreadful it may appear.  What may be even more painful is, we may have sat back and watched history repeat itself with this School to Prison Pipeline; all because we started to major of the minor, and minored on the major!  We must keep our eyes on the prize, future generations to come!  

    We were told to gather community input as to the interest we have as a community to save the COFO Building. We can start a COFO Building Society and get our hammer and nails and meet to start preliminary repairs to this nationally known Historic facility.  We can save this building!  We just have to want to!  I asked the mayor to get with Mayor Young of Philadelphia and do a unified Pray to God  asking for forgiveness for each of our communities role during this tragic period of time!


Randle Jennings,

Meridian NAACP    

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