Jackson State University hosted the “Finishing the Dream” Town Hall Meeting at the Rose E. McCoy Auditorium at noon, Tuesday, July 20. The event was sponsored by NBC, WLBT3 and the Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and Democracy.
Begun in May 2010, Finishing the Dream is a series of town hall meetings being held in four cities, including Jackson, Chicago, Atlanta and Detroit, to discuss where the civil rights movement goes from here. The meetings will make up part of a “Finishing the Dream” telecast on NBC later this year.
Discussion topics for the forum included: the shooting death of Medgar Evers; the civil rights murders in Philadelphia, Miss.; the 1970 Jackson State campus shooting; the conviction of Byron de la Beckwith; and the enrollment of James Meredith at Ole Miss.
The panel members were: James Meredith, the first African-American student to enroll at Ole Miss; Jerry Mitchell, investigative journalist with The Clarion-Ledger; Ken Dean, former chairman of Civic Communications; and Albert Sykes, Lead Organizer for the Young People’s Project, Inc.;