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A Historical Marker is Unveiled at the home of McComb Civil Rights Leader the Late C.C. Bryant

By Lawayne Childrey | Published 20 Jan 2014 08:38pm | comments

A Mississippi Freedom Trail marker honoring the legacy of Civil Rights Pioneer C.C. Bryant has been erected in McComb. MPB's Lawayne Childrey attended yesterdays celebration.

A marker with photos of Civil Rights leader CC Bryant now stands in front of his house in McComb. About 100 people were on hand for the unveiling.   Dr. Leslie McLemore, Chair of the Mississippi Freedom Trail Task Force said Bryant is perhaps best known for his work  with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. the group’s mission was to organize voter registration drives. 

"So the modern day Civil Rights movement, the protest movement, started in McComb and SNCC, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee got its training right here in McComb. This was the first place where they had a project. C.C. Bryant was responsible for getting those people her. So his impact is legendary."

In 2005, the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation also honored Bryant by naming the Institute Award for Community Organizing after him. During yesterday’s ceremony, Susan Glissen, Director of the Institute at the University of Mississippi spoke about Bryant's significant contributions.

"In a region of the country in a state that was seen as the heart of darkness for racism, he was one of those few voices that stood up to that and refused to back down and mentored young people. And he opened the door for freedom to walk through. You can’t talk about the voting rights act of '65, you can’t talk about any of the accomplishments that are attributed to the Civil Rights movement without talking about C.C. Bryant."

Bryant's granddaughter, Judith Barlow, says she hopes the marker will serves as a reminder of just how far America has come and how far it still has to go.

"Today we're looking at repealing some of those same protections that ensured people that they would not be harassed discriminated against when it came to casting their ballot and vote. We might have an African American president but we are very blind to the actual issues that are happening and destroying our community." 

Bryant's Freedom Trail Marker is the 15th such marker in the state.  He died in 2007. Lawayne Childrey, MPB News.






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