JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Lynch Street was once a hub of activity and a corridor for the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's. Things have changed, but there is an effort underway to get a dialogue going about the street named after Mississippi's first black congressman elected during reconstruction.
The public was invited to take part in the "Lynch Street Civil Rights Corridor Discussion" with an eye on future development Thursday.
Curnis Upkins, III, Program Manager for The Lynch Street Initiative said, "It's a lot of history here, but that's just a component of it. We also want to get to a point where, while we're highlighting these components of Lynch Street we also want to try to encourage more businesses to set up shop here on Lynch to serve the community and the students at JSU."
Thursday night's dialogue is sponsored by the Jackson State University Office of the President, The Fannie Lou Hamer Institute, The Veterans of Mississippi Civil Rights Movement and The Margaret Walker Alexander National Research Center.
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