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Racial Reconciliation Tour

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A civil rights bus tour made its way into the Capital City Wednesday morning. Racial Reconciliation is a campaign designed to move Mississippi past the pain of the civil rights era.

Participants took a bus to several historic sites important to the civil rights movement in Jackson, culminating with a press conference at the Hilton Garden Inn, formerly the King Edwards Hotel.

The tour's director, Corey Turner, said remembering our history as Mississippians will help us move into a new era of progress.

"Mississippi has a lot of lost history," Turner said.  "A lost history that a lot of people need to be informed about when it comes to different cultures and how we effect each other."

Several people participated on the tour including James Stern.  Stern, who currently lives in California, has a book and movie deal in the works for his experience of sharing a cell with infamous racist and murderer Edgar Ray Killen at Parchman Penitentiary.

With racial reconciliation the theme, several recent incidents have brought the national debate on race to the forefront. Stern spoke admirably of the state's handling of the Deryl Dedmon case as compared to the Trayvon Martin case in Florida.

"This justice system in Mississippi has proven to be fair, fast, swift and you guys have dealt with a hate crime unlike any other state in the nation, while Florida can't get the guy arrested," Stern said.

For more information on Racial Reconciliation click on the link: msracialreconciliation.com

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