James Meredith’s Walk for Education and Truth reaches Jackson June 10-13

James Meredith in white
James Meredith in white June 12, 2012

James Meredith’s Walk for Education and Truth reaches Jackson June 10-13
James H. Meredith, who integrated Ole Miss on September 30, 1962, accompanied by a small group of walkers launched a historic walk from the Tennessee/Mississippi state line Saturday May 25, 2012 at 10 am on Highway 51. The message for The Walk for Education and Truth is listed below:
1. Only the family of God can solve the problems of our time.
2. The Bible says, “You should train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”
3. The African proverb says, “It takes a whole community to raise a child.”
4. God’s plan is that every church in Mississippi should take responsibility for every child born within two miles of the church.
5. The church should keep a record of each child from birth to age 21.
Everyone is welcome to join the walk. Meredith extended a special invitation to women over 65, veterans, and Ole Miss students and alumni.

June 10 the walk will begin at the Canton, MS city limit sign at 4 p.m. on Hwy 51 N.
June 11 the walk will begin in Madison on Hwy 51 in front of Krogers at 4 pm
June 12 the walk will begin in Tougaloo at County Line Rd and State Street at 4 p.m.
June 13 the walk will begin at 4 pm in Jackson in the Fondren District at Duling School on State St. and will end at the Old State Capital on Street St.

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2 thoughts on “James Meredith’s Walk for Education and Truth reaches Jackson June 10-13

    1. I’m not sure how he defines ‘cultural advancement.’ I guess we’ll both have to read his new book which comes out August 9, 2012. A Mission from God: A Memoir and Challenge for America. I saw several u-tube videos recently. In the video James Meredith told his co-writer William Doyle that a member of the Deacons for Defense was walking behind him armed during the 1966 Meredith March Against Fear, which was a quiet negotiation between Martin Luther King, Jr. and James Meredith. 1966 was a dangerous time for blacks in America, especially southern blacks. During the 1960s, some blacks were shot in the streets under the beaming sun in daylight for attempting to register to vote. Today we have to have an ID to vote. Apparently MLK valued Meredith’s presence on the last day of the march to agree to allow him (Meredith had been shot a few weeks prior) to have arm protection at a non-violent protest. Interesting. It’s more interesting that this secret was revealed fifty years later. This is a historic year no doubt. Much about James Meredith’s life and place in history will be revealed through two new books – a biography and a memoir.

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