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Civil Rights Celebration Set

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Mayor Glover and local Civil Rights leaders announced that a week in September will be dedicated to honoring efforts for racial equality here in Shreveport. City officials showed surveillance footage taken by Shreveport police in 1963, when the city was a hotbed for racial discrimination. One local Civil Rights leaders. Reverend Harry Blake was severely beaten by police 50 years ago. He says the city has come far in race relations but there's still a long road ahead. Blake said that road starts with forgiveness, "We preach, we as preachers and Christians preach forgiveness. And we must go beyond preaching it to practicing it."

The week of Civil Rights events will end with a combined service at the Shreveport Convention Center on Sunday, September 22nd. That's the date of the 50th Anniversary of the Birmingham Church Bombings that took the lives of four young African American girls. Stay with KTBS 3 News for more on the upcoming activities.

 

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