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Human rights vigil and rally held for James C. Anderson

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

There are more tributes and calls for justice and peace following the murder of James Craig Anderson.

The vigils continued Sunday as human rights organizers from Atlanta rally residents to fight to end discrimination.

Dozens returned to the Metro Inn where James Craig Anderson was run over by a truck driven by 19 year old Deryl Dedmon.

Men, women and children, black and white called for justice and prayed for change.

"I hope that it will make a lot of difference for a lot of people on the world. As much as it is for here in the state of Mississippi, Mississippi is sad. I'm from Cleveland Ohio, and I've never seen anything like this, prejudice period," said a Jackson woman attending the rally who only wanted to be identified as Irene.

This vigil and tribute was organized by the New Order National Human Rights Organization in Atlanta.

They are hoping more are charged in what is described as a hate crime and asking for the community to also pray for Dedmon.

"It ain't just what they said, it's what they did. They killed someone. I'm hurt, not just Mississippi. The whole country is hurt. This was a human being. I heard it was two carloads, heard it was premeditated," said Gerald Rose with the New Order National Human Rights Organization Atlanta chapter.

"I don't feel like the other ones should go free. Everybody should be picked up, not just those two," said Jackson resident Peter Meeks.

Vigil organizers said the 49 year old plant worker's death is galvanizing a movement to improve relations in the black community as well as eradicating racism in the 21st century.

A Community Justice Forum will be held regarding the James Craig Anderson case Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Jackson Medical Mall Community Room.

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