By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – A civil rights freedom rider and a Tupelo minister will be honored during a reception today.
The event at the BancorpSouth Conference Center in Tupelo is part of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity’s regional meeting. Nearly 180 fraternity members and their families from Tennessee, Kentucky and northern Mississippi will attend. The public is invited.
The Sterling Silver Reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. Honorees include the Rev. Robert Jamison of Tupelo and Ruby A. Harrison, a Freedom Rider who traveled on buses across the South to challenge segregation.
University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones will attend as James Meredith’s admittance as the first African-American to enroll at the school is commemorated.
The late Gen. Jim Ingram of Tupelo and the Mississippi National Guard will be honored for their service during the riot that surrounded Meredith’s enrollment.
In addition, Rust College and Mississippi Industrial College will be recognized.
The event will be followed by a “Soul Train” dance party.
Beginning at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Kappa Alpha Psi officers and others will march from Elizabeth Street to Tupelo City Hall. A barbecue dinner will follow at Fairpark.