- Associated Press - Saturday, January 18, 2014

MCOMB, Miss. (AP) - A historical marker will be unveiled at the home of McComb civil rights leader the late C.C. Bryant on Monday as the area observes Martin Luther King Day.

The Mississippi Development Authority and McComb city officials will lead the ceremony, which will be at 2 p.m. at Bryant’s Baertown house.

The Enterprise-Journal reported (https://bit.ly/1dtOxlj) Bryant was president of the McComb chapter of the NAACP, and played an important part in civil rights demonstrations and voter registration drives. Bryant died in December 2007 at the age of 90.

McComb NAACP chapter president Lexie Elmore said the marker will be the first in McComb marking the city’s place in the civil rights movement.

“It’s a tremendous honor to have this placed,” she said.

And she said it’s fitting that McComb’s first marker on the Mississippi Civil Rights Trail honors Bryant.

“The impact he had in standing for justice and equal rights - he was a trailblazer for justice,” Elmore said. “This is a tremendous honor for the citizens of Pike County.”

On Monday, a Martin Luther King Day prayer breakfast will be held at 9 a.m. at Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center. Brookhaven teacher Marilyn Dow will be the guest speaker. T

Monday evening, the McComb NAACP will hold a banquet at the Martin Luther King Center. Earl Watkins, Mississippi NAACP education committee chairman, will be the featured speaker.


Information from: Enterprise-Journal, https://www.enterprise-journal.com

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