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‘An Agenda to Bring Light’: Mississippi Poor People’s Campaign Wants ‘Third Reconstruction’

The Poor People’s Campaign’s “Third Reconstruction” resolution highlights what it calls a congressional failure to elevate the poor through social programs, voting-rights expansion and the elimination of systemic racism. It details suggested solutions for each of these problems, including an increase in the long-stagnant federal minimum wage, provisions to expand insurance coverage, a large-scale reduction of student debt and prison reform.

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James and Judy Meredith at statue dedication
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My Husband James Meredith Was Gunned Down for Defying Racism But Keeps Stepping

It’s like it happened yesterday. Fifty-five years ago, I was watching the news in my parents’ home in Gary, Ind., when I saw the news that James Meredith had been shot. I couldn’t know then that some day I’d be married to the man gunned down in the middle of a Mississippi road for demanding equality for Black Americans.

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James Meredith in the March Against Fear
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‘The Joker Up There’: Meredith Marchers Confronted Unjust Confederate Statues in 1966

The protest against Confederate monuments as symbols of racial injustice is not new. It is also not new to Mississippi.  As Karen Cox describes in her new book, “No Common Ground: Confederate Monuments and the Ongoing Fight for Racial Justice,” that protest was front and center in 1966 during the now infamous Meredith March in Mississippi. Here is an excerpt from her book about protests against statues in Grenada, Greenwood and Belzoni during James Meredith’s 1966 “March Against Fear.”

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Men waving Confederate Flag in Meridian, MS
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Big Tent Revival: Preaching the Gospel After Giving Up My Confederate Flag

One summer, a sweet white lady really wanted VBS to be inviting for folks outside our church, and she was inspired to give it a ’50s theme. The 1950s. In Montgomery. We objected. She didn’t understand our concern. She wanted fun sock-hops and poodle skirts and was not at all pleased when I asked if we were going to have colored drinking fountains and restrooms. 

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Martin Luther King Jr. statue
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Neighborhoods with MLK Streets Are Poorer Than National Average and Highly Segregated, Study Reveals

Most of America’s MLK neighborhoods, from east Montgomery, Alabama, to Harlem in New York City, were born of legal or de facto racial segregation. And in the second half of the 20th century, they experienced the sharpest decline in urban industry, sending local jobs from the cities to suburbs. These historic events first caused, then structurally perpetuated, deprivation in MLK neighborhoods.

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