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The Meridian Public School District would like to recognize and honor the 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer. Recently, many events took place throughout Meridian to honor this pivotal time in history and below are a few snapshots from those events.

 

The First Five of 1965 - Honoring the first five African American students to integrate Meridian High School


Meridian Public School District Superintendent Dr. Alvin Taylor (center) is pictured with members and representatives of "The First Five of 1965" - from left to right: Faye Inge, Patricia Stennis Campbell, Dr. Alvin Taylor, Sadie Clark Martin, and Francis Washington (standing in for her sister Alberta Lorece Hopkins).


"The First Five of 1965" were honored during the "Freedom Summer: Honoring the Legacy & Pursuing Greatness" event held on Wednesday, June 25. Pictured from left to right: Jeremy Falconer (standing in for his aunt Sandra Falconer), Francis Washington (standing in for her sister Alberta Lorece Hopkins), Patricia Stennis Campbell (graduated with honors from MHS in 1965), Faye Inge, and Sadie Clark Martin.


Meridian Mayor Percy Bland (left) hands out medals to "The First Five" while MPSD Superintendent Dr. Alvin Taylor (middle) greets Sadie Clark Martin (right).


This beautiful piece of artwork created by Ronald McDowell hangs in Meridian High School to honor "The First Five in 1965" daily.

 

Freedom Summer at 50: Honoring the Legacy and Pursuing Greatness


The keynote speaker for "Freedom Summer at 50: Honoring the Legacy and Pursuing Greatness" was Marian Wright Edelman, Children's Defense Fund founder and president.

 

1964 Meridian Freedom School and Freedom School Activities


Freedom Summer photos on display from the Mark Levy collection. Use this link to view the entire collection: https://picasaweb.google.com/QCCRMVETS/MeridianMissFreedomSummer1964PixByMarkLevyAndDonnaGarde?authkey=Gv1sRgCNTkzLeen7GcfQ#



Martyr Commemoration and Bell Toll


Fitkins Memorial Church of the Nazarene Choir provided music for the Bell Toll Program as well as the Honoring the Legacy and Pursuing Greatness event. Felicia
Clay Boyd (center) is the lead singer and director of the Fitkins Memorial Church of the Nazarene Choir, and Veteran Civil Rights activist Reverend Charles Johnson is pastor of the church.


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