TUPELO, Miss. — Northeast Mississippi residents plan to march from the Lee County Courthouse to Tupelo’s Fairpark Saturday, June, 6, and 2 p.m. to fight against inequality and injustice in our systems of government.
The group, led by activists at Indivisible Northeast Mississippi, are marching in solidarity with activists all over the world who want to see an end to the violent mistreatment of black- Americans at the hands of police.
“We know that people are hurting, people are angry and people just need to have an outlet to show that we care. I think that this protest that’s being led by Indivisible is giving people a sense of empowerment to do that, regardless of what race you might be.” said Teresa Roberts, an Indivisible Northeast Mississippi organizer.
At Fairpark, marchers, community members and elected officials will hear from guest speakers from the Northeast Mississippi community, including Dr. Richard Price, Tyson Quinn, Rev. Charles Penson, Father Phillip Parker, Cee Cee Jackson, and Marika Baliko, will speak about systemic racism, how it affects our communities, and what collective action can be taken to turn the tides.
Following the speakers, time will be made for open remarks from the community before Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton closes the event with his response.
Indivisible Northeast Mississippi will provide sign materials and bottled water for marchers, and anyone wanting to offer written comments or register to vote can do so during the Fairpark listening session.
Since this even is taking place during the global COVID-19 pandemic, organizers require all participants wear face masks and maintain a safe social distance.
Indivisible Northeast Mississippi is part of a grassroots movement of thousands of local Indivisible groups with a mission to elect progressive leaders, rebuild democracy, and defeat the Trump agenda. The organization is nonpartisan and works to keep all elected officials — local, state and federal — accountable for their policies and votes.
All are welcomed to join protesters as they seek equality, inclusion and justice through action.