Mississippi Mourning

In Uncategorized on August 14, 2009 at 5:00 am

Mississippi is a state that is at times the first in the worst of categories. The last five years have seen Mississippi retain its unprecedented crown as the “Fattest State” according to the F as in Fat 2009 report. In January this year, Mississippi ranked first in teen pregnancy rates. Needless to say, Mississippi has significant challenges to address as we continue to move forward in the 21st century. But as we continue to move forward, we must also reflect back on the many who forged a new day in Mississippi. Many of these activists defended racial equality with their lives. Countless remain nameless, but because of their dedication to a better Mississippi, I am able to reap the benefits of their struggles.

In seeing that all Mississippians share in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, one cannot overlook or overstate retired FBI agent Jim Ingram’s sacrifice to his fellow man (universal), as he pushed for a fairer Mississippi. Ingram passed away on Sunday, August 2, but he did leave this world in a lot better condition than he entered. Ingram came to Mississippi during some of the most turbulent times, the summer of ’64, to investigate the murders of James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman. Not only did Ingram investigate these murders, but he headed the civil rights desk, which investigated all race related incidents. Ingram pursued justice, we are the beneficiaries, and now we mourn, while walking the trail that he blazed. Because of Ingram, we are no longer the worst of the worst, but in his relatively short lifetime, Mississippi was first in the best of categories.


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