Civil Rights Activists Reflect on the Past w/ History Talk

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It’s been 50 years since civil rights activists descended on Mississippi for Freedom Summer. The summer was part of a larger civil rights movement throughout the country and on the Gulf Coast.

Most famously were the wade-ins in Biloxi when activists integrated the beach. To remember these times, local civil rights leaders who participated in protests on the Coast, will speak Saturday at the Westside Community Center on 8th Street in west Gulfport. The leaders are telling younger generations that for living proof of those troubled times, all they have to do is look around them.

Boyd C. James III, a west Gulfport civil right leader, says, “I’m standing here with the backdrop of this wall. This wall, which most folks have no idea about, divided Gaston Point community. The whites were on the other side of the wall, the black folks lived on this side of the wall. Plenty has changed since those days. Many of the ‘for whites only’ signs have come down, but the wall remains a vivid memory.”

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Saturday’s event will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Westside Community Center in Gulfport.

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