Lillie Burney Students Win Freedom Summer Writing Contest - WHLT 22 Connecting the Pine Belt

Lillie Burney Students Win Freedom Summer Writing Contest

Posted: Updated:

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Dozens of Lillie Burney fifth graders are learning about the Freedom Summer of 1964.

They got a chance to write it in a contest.

Fifth graders Blake Johnson and Jonathan Keys said they learned things they never knew before about their history.

"We were beaten, and we couldn't vote," Jonathan Keys said. .

"A lot of groups that fought so that blacks and other races could vote," Blake Johnson said.

"They were judging people by their skin type," Keys said. "Blacks fought and some of them got killed just so we can vote and we can be free."

they are two winners of the freedom summer writing contest.

The students were joined by the Forrest County Chapter of the NAACP and city leaders to honor the upcoming 50th anniversary of the 1964 Freedom summer.

"The road the struggle has been hard," said Clarence Magee, president of the local NAACP chapter. He shared his experiences with the students.

"I went on my own to get registered to vote," he said. "We were sort of like the old foot soldiers."

Magee said important for younger generations to understand the sacrifices of their ancestors, Johnson says he does.

"Now when I get older I'm able to vote," he said.

Next week a reenactment march will be held on Jan. 22 in Downtown Hattiesburg, the anniversary of Freedom Day.

 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Jackson police find car connected to missing teen

    Jackson police find car connected to missing teen

    Jackson police say they have found a car that authorities believe was used in the possible kidnapping of 17-year-old girl.
    Jackson police say they have found a car that authorities believe was used in the possible kidnapping of 17-year-old girl.
  • Col. Holden, first black to lead NC Patrol, dies

    Col. Holden, first black to lead NC Patrol, dies

    Friday, August 22 2014 6:07 PM EDT2014-08-22 22:07:34 GMT
    Col. Richard Holden of Cary, the first African-American to lead the North Carolina Highway Patrol, died Thursday.
    Col. Richard Holden of Cary, the first African-American to lead the North Carolina Highway Patrol, died Thursday.
  • 16-year-old girl stabs another 65 times after nude photos posted on Facebook

    16-year-old girl stabs another 65 times after nude photos posted on Facebook

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 3:29 PM EDT2014-04-02 19:29:36 GMT
    A 16-year-old girl is accused of fatally stabbing her teen ‘best friend' in an attack spurred by nude photos of the pair together posted on social media, according to several media sources.  Anel Baez,
    A 16-year-old girl is accused of fatally stabbing her teen ‘best friend' in an attack spurred by nude photos of the pair together posted on social media, according to several media sources.  Anel Baez,
Powered by WorldNow

5912 Hwy. 49, Ste. A
Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Telephone: 601.545.2077
Fax: 601.545.3589
Email: newsroom@whlt.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.