Tigrett Honors Freedom Rider

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One of the original Freedom Riders was recognized in Jackson for his contributions to the Civil Rights movement. Reverend Ben Cox, Sr. received a signed thank you card, poems and notes from Tigrett Middle School students at his Jackson home, Thursday. Cox was scheduled to appear in a recent segment honoring the surviving Freedom Riders on “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, however his health prevented him from attending. Anna Parks-Covington, who presented the card to Reverend Cox said this was a great way for the students to honor the civil rights pioneer as they studied about this historical event. “I want them to realize that they had people, pioneers to go before them to make the way, where they are now, even at Tigrett, where they’re going in life somebody had to clear the way for that,” said Anna Parks-Covington, a teacher at Tigrett Middle School. This is the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Riders movement began across the south to promote racial equality.

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