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Students receive living civil rights history lesson

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Civil rights leaders are educating Jackson high school students through a living history lesson.

Wednesday, the Medgar Evers/Ella Baker lecture series was held at Jim Hill High School.

The series features six original Freedom Riders, who are sharing their experiences from their youth in fighting for equality.

Speaker Fred Douglas Moore Clark Sr. says, "This generation needs to come closer together, as I stated the family is taking a beating.  This civil rights thing will serve to make up for that."

Jackson businessman Hezekiah Watkins grew up in the neighborhood and joined the Freedom Riders in the 60's.  He says, "I want them making a difference within their lives within their communities, within their schools here even the church they attend it's about doing some thing positive."

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1961 Freedom Rides.  Reunion events are planned for Jackson on May 22-26.

A program called Remember the Freedom Rides is being held at the COFO Civil Rights Education Center as a preview, this Thursday, located at 1017 Lynch Street, beginning at 6:30 p.m..

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