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Walk in honor of James Meredith

 

Fifty years ago, James Meredith and a few companions began a march from Memphis to Jackson to encourage blacks living under Jim Crow laws to register to vote. 

Today, participants in the Walk Against Fear will walk from Batesville to Oxford to recreate Meredith’s walk, hoping to spread awareness about civil rights violations immigrants suffer today. 

Patricio Gonzalez, Jose Salazar and Ingrid Cruz will lead the walk. 

They expect to arrive in front of the Lyceum at approximately 7 p.m. 

Their inspiration for the walk comes from what they believe to be anti-immigration laws in states including Arizona, Alabama and Georgia.

After arriving in Oxford, they will meet with students to facilitate workshops on immigrant rights, including a video and discussions.