Dr. James Meredith speaks in Gulfport

The City of Gulfport hosted Civil Rights Activist Dr. James Meredith at MGCCC’s Performing Arts Center for a special presentation.

Last night, Dr. Meredith spoke not only as a Civil Rights icon, but as an American icon.

As the first African-American student to attend the once-segregated University of Mississippi in 1962, Dr. Meredith encouraged the audience to think about race, class, and religion.

The crowd interacted with Meredith in a question-and-answer segment.

The Gulfport Police Department also explained their efforts for community action with their ‘Before the Bullet’ program which aims to work actively with youth before any violence or crime negatively impacts their life. Dr. Meredith said, “If anybody needs to straighten out the black, white, race problems, the rich, poor problem, the crime problem, particularly the crime problem, it’s the Mississippi Gulf Coast.”

Dr. Meredith tells News 25 Gulfport is the largest crowd he’s spoken to since recently touring and speaking across Mississippi.

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