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Yarber delivers greetings at Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Conference

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber delivered greetings Wednesday, during the opening of the Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary conference being held at Tougaloo College.

Yarber joined Tougaloo College President Beverly Hogan, Dr. Joyce Ladner and Hollis Watkins in giving remarks to a crowd of hundreds gathered on the historical campus that played a significant role in the Civil Rights Movement.

The mayor said he was "humbled to be encompassed by such a great cloud of witnesses," referring to the numerous civil rights activists who journeyed back to Jackson for the conference. He thanked the heroes of the 1950s and 60s who fought to give all equal rights in a segregated South.

"I do want you to know that this Jackson is the Jackson that it is because of you. Make no mistake about it. We know that the Jackson that we have and the freedoms that we have are because of you," Yarber said.

Ladner said conference participants had come from 23 states. She said the event was hosted by the Mississippi Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement, Tougaloo College and the Mississippi NAACP.

Some 600 youth are also participating in the Youth Congress as part of the conference.

Hogan said it is fitting that the event take place at Tougaloo because the campus "prepared and inspired students to become active and become leaders" who promoted global democracy.

A number of City of Jackson departments have been active in the logistical planning of the conference and are offering assistance for some of the associated events.

For more: Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th

Story courtesy City of Jackson

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