Event Agenda Highlights

Welcome to Mississippi’s Meridian and Philadelphia!


Dear National Civil Rights Conference Planning Committee and Conference Participants:

It is our pleasure to welcome you to the 8th National Conference on Civil Rights. The Cities of Meridian and Philadelphia are proud to co-sponsor this informative and exciting conference, and we appreciate your presence and participation in activities focusing on civil rights, social justice, and human dignity.

The two and a half-day conference will provide us with a broad range of superb topics related to the conference theme, Rise, Advocate, Educate, and Cooperate:  Making A Way Out of No Way. We hope you will take full advantage of the workshops, artistic productions, sessions, tours, vendors and networking opportunities that will be available.

This conference, perhaps more than any other, provides a broad range of learning experiences for you to engage in. More important, this conference promises to generate considerable intellectual dialogue and debate, as well as create opportunities to strengthen existing networks and forge new ones.

Again, welcome to Mississippi’s Meridian and Philadelphia. If we can be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to call 



Percy Bland, Mayor                                     James A. Young, Mayor
Meridian, Mississippi                                  Philadelphia, Mississippi

Sunday, June 17, 2018 |     3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


  • The Historic Mt. Zion United Methodist Church
  •  54th Anniversary Commemorative Service for James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner
  • Lighting of Candles for the Three Civil Rights Workers   
  • Civil Rights and Social Justice Awards
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Placing of the Wreath 

Monday, June 18, 2018 |     Holiday Inn - Meridian

  • Registration
  • Opening Keynote
  • Morning Sessions and Youth Empowerment Workshops
  • Joan Sadoff Recognition Luncheon
  • Afternoon Sessions  and Youth Empowerment Workshops

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 |     Holiday Inn – Meridian

  • Registration
  • Morning Sessions and Youth Empowerment Workshops
  • Mobile Networking Luncheon and Film Discussion
  • Journey to a selected Civil Rights Site in Mississippi - The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson, MS