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Input sought for Monday civil rights forum

The Historic Natchez Foundation and the Mississippi State Department of Health invite you to provide your input 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Holy Family Catholic Church.

Please join us for a community forum on the Adams County Civil Rights Project. Both organizations value and need input from the local community. Your voice will be heard.

Mississippi and Natchez have lengthy histories related to the Civil Rights Movement, including a variety of important sites and events, experiences, and even objects.

Many of our citizens who experienced firsthand this historic movement are still with us today. We need all contributions and ideas to assist in identifying Civil Rights sites for the Adams County Civil Rights Project. This project includes the development of a site survey, thematic National Register of Historic Places nomination and Civil Rights Trail.

Working in tandem with the Historic Natchez Foundation, the Mississippi State Department of Health is leading a health impact assessment on the project.

The Health Impact Assessment complements the nomination process to ask: How can a Civil Rights Register and Trail become a community tool to address disparities and health inequities, including community cohesion, education, economic development and access to physical activity.

Daniel Sarpong, Ph.D., will facilitate the conversation. Sarpong is director of the Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education at Xavier University in New Orleans. Small group discussion combined with individual input will provide a relaxed environment for sharing your or a family member’s Civil Rights experiences.

The Health Impact Assessment is administered by the Mississippi State Department of Health with a grant from the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts.

The Historic Natchez Foundation’s National Register project is being completed with assistance from the Historic Preservation Fund, administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.

Chase Klugh is director of preservations for the Historic Natchez Foundation.

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