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Tougaloo College gala honors civil rights icons

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The honorees are Morris Dees, founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center; Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children's Defense Fund; Dr. H. Jack Geiger of Physicians for Human Rights and Robert "Bob" Moses of the Algebra Project. The honorees are Morris Dees, founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center; Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children's Defense Fund; Dr. H. Jack Geiger of Physicians for Human Rights and Robert "Bob" Moses of the Algebra Project.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Tougaloo College recognized five decades of the civil rights movement and the icons who worked for change during a gala Saturday night in the Capital City.

The festivities were held at the Jackson Convention Center to honor men and women instrumental in Mississippi's desegregation efforts. In May, Tougaloo began an 18 month commemoration of the 50 year struggle for equal rights.

The honorees are Morris Dees, founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center; Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children's Defense Fund; Dr. H. Jack Geiger of Physicians for Human Rights and Robert "Bob" Moses of the Algebra Project.

Dees and Wright Edelman were unable to attend the event.

"Tonight is a night of reflection, inspiration and illumination because we honor four iconic personalities, men and women who not only during the movement but throughout their entire lives have been on the struggle and quest for equality and justice," said Tougaloo College Vice President Dr. Delores Bolden Stamps.

According to organizers, the gala raised $500,000 for the Civil rights Commemorative Commission.

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