Civil rights history was explored by traveling students in Meridian, Mississippi. At the Dentzel Carousel, students from the organization Operation Understanding DC heard speakers from Meridian tell of the history of civil rights locally.

Civil Rights History Was Explored by Traveling StudentsTimothy Burless, a high school senior from Washington DC said that while the conversation might have caused discomfort for some, he felt that it was the sort of talk he would like to see more often.

“We’re having the tough conversations that America needs in order to move forward,” Burless said.

Operation Understanding DC includes 23 high school students from African American and Jewish heritage. The students heard presentations by Civil Rights leader and activist Roscoe Jones and attorney William E. Ready Sr. Ready’s son,
George Ready, also spoke with the students.  He is an attorney who grew up in Meridian and now lives in Hernando.

“We’re on a two-and-a-half week summer journey where we loosely follow the route of the Freedom Riders, where we meet with Civil Rights foot soldiers and current movements, and (where we) visit historic sites,” said Ricki Horne, program director of Operation Understanding DC.

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