Recognize the March Against Fear Trail as a National Park

Recognize the March Against Fear Trail as a National Park

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March Against Fear Historical Trail Project started this petition to State Senator David Blount
Mississippi has a rich history of influential and important events that play a part in the history of the United States. One such event during the Civil Rights Movement was the March Against Fear in 1966; originally planned to a solitary march by James Meredith from Memphis, TN to the steps of the capitol building in Jackson, MS. Within two days of beginning the March Meredith was shot and hospitalized but thousands of people took up the mantle to finish the March including leaders such as Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Stokely Carmichael.

The March Against Fear is a lesser-known event in the Civil Rights movement but marked a change in the approach by Civil Rights leaders from a more peaceful approach to a more radical approach with the idea of Black Power. The March Against Fear is an important event in the national Civil Rights Movement that deserves to be recognized on a national scale.

Our mission through the creation of this National Historic Trail is to commemorate the efforts of James Meredith, and other Civil Rights Leaders, in their quest to decrease fear among black voters in Mississippi.

The only marker that commemorates this historical event is the spot that Meredith was shot at and it is often overlooked. This would ensure that the entire trail that Meredith and many other historic black leaders walked would be recognized on a national scale and provide Federal protection for this land.

While this is a massive undertaking that will take years to accomplish: our class is tasked with designating an area in Mississippi as a National Park and this event stuck out to us. This event is a perfect opportunity to create a National Historic Trail to encourage discussion and shed some light for this event and other Civil Rights events. The March against Fear is an important and historic event in national history that needs to be recognized.
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