Pictures for articles on Nationwide Civil Rights Education Delegation Visits Marks, Miss.
The Quitman Co. Administrator and I wrote for the Quitman County Democrat about our visit to Marks, Miss. on Jan. 4, 2019.
The article also appears in Across Mississippi Patch here: https://patch.com/mississippi/across-ms/s/glh5j/nationwide-civil-rights-education-delegation-visits-marks-miss
On January 4, 2019 a nationwide delegation from Westminster and beyond visited Marks, Miss., Atlanta, Ga., Tuskegee, Ala, Montgomery, Ala, and Birmingham, Ala.
January 8th, 2019 By Quitman County Administrator Velma Benson-Wilson and Kevin Dayhoff, former Mayor of Westminster Md.
The 51-member delegation, from as far away as New England, Chicago, Connecticut, Seattle, Baltimore, and Westminster Md. were part of an educational tour of historic civil rights sites in Atlanta, Ga., Tuskegee, Ala, Montgomery, Ala, Ruleville, Miss, and Birmingham, Ala.
The article appeared on the front page of the weekly edition of the local Quitman County newspaper In January 2019.
It has also been placed on the Quitman County’s website http://quitmancountyms.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Civil-Rights-Tour-Article-2019-PDF.pdf
The article has also been published in the Westminster Patch, here: https://patch.com/maryland/westminster/nationwide-civil-rights-education-delegation-visits-marks-miss
1. Quitman County Miss.: For more info about Quitman Co. Miss. visit www.quitmancountyms.org
2. Samuel McCray: When the delegation arrived in town Jan. 4, 2019, they were welcomed by the City of Marks’ Mayor Joe Shegog Jr., and Samuel McCray, the retired field representative of Congressman Bennie Thompson, who currently serves as the vice-chair of the Mule Train Historical Society. Kevin Dayhoff photo.
3. Civil Rights educational delegation: The distinguished Judge Charles Harrison, in the red sweater and black hat rides along on the bus during a four-day bus tour of historic civil rights sites in the south, in early Jan. 2019. Behind Judge Harrison is former Westminster Md. Mayor Kevin Dayhoff, and Caroline Babylon, the daughter of a leading civil rights advocate in Carroll County Md. in the 1950s through the 1970s.
4. Marks Miss. history forum panel: Following the tour, the group gathered at the Quitman County Middle School gym for a panel discussion moderated by Jackson State University professor Dr. Hilliard Lackey. The panel consisted of local residents who actively took part in, or witnessed the historic civil rights activities in Marks during 1968: From left to right: the current Quitman County Board of Supervisors president Manuel Killebrew; Dr. Valmadge Towner, the president of Coahoma Community College, Helen Ingram, Samuel McCray, and the Reverend Michael Jossell, Sr. Kevin Dayhoff photo 4Jan2019.
5. Civil Right Activist James Meredith: Civil Right Activist James Meredith was present in the audience at the Civil Rights history forum in Marks Miss. on Jan. 4, 2019. A nationwide civil rights delegation had the opportunity to meet with him and hear his remarks. Kevin Dayhoff photo
6. Dr. Hilliard L. Lackey III and Mrs. Ora B. Phipps: The delegation was also honored with the presence of Ora B. Phipps, the widow of Armstead Phipps. Now in her 90s, she shared poignant insights and details about historic events from over 50-years ago. Kevin Dayhoff photo
7. Velma Benson Wilson, Quitman Co. Administrator: Left to right: Jaby Denton, Mitch Campbell, Dr. Evelyn Jossell, and Velma Benson Wilson, Quitman Co. Administrator. Kevin Dayhoff photo 4Jan2019
8. Charles Alphin, Sr. and Gerald Alphin, of DDK Tours: Charles Alphin, Sr. and Gerald Alphin, of DDK Tours join hands with the participants of the Civil Rights forum in Marks Miss. on Jan 4, 2019. Charles Alphin, Sr., the director and CEO of DDK Historical and Educational Tours, which facilitated the visit, has been working with the King Center in Atlanta and guiding historic tours since the 1980s. He said after the visit, “If you do not know where you come from, you don’t know where you are going.”