Freedom ride for voting rights held in Jackson

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – A Freedom Riders for voting rights headed to Birmingham after making a stop in Jackson on Saturday morning. Sixty year sago in Jackson, nearly 400 freedom riders were arrested during the civil rights movement.

Inside the Tougaloo’s Owens Wellness Center, dozens of people showed up to be a part of the event. Organizers said it could not have been on a better day than the first time Juneteenth was recognized as a federal holiday.

Barbra Brooks said, “We have so much to celebrate, and we have black voters matter and all of the organizations coming together with all of the challenges we’re having against voting rights. This is an event to get everyone motivated because we have a lot of work ahead of us.”

The event focused on raising awareness on pending legislation they say are based in voter suppression.

Original Freedom Riders like Fred Clark were in attendance and encouraged those riders 60 years later to never stop.

The bus will be in Washington on June 26.

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