Ford to speak at Lee County event


State Sen. Angela Turner Ford, of West Point, will give the keynote address Saturday during the 10th anniversary celebration of “Meet Me at the Monument,” the annual celebration to recognize the erection of the Lee County Civil Rights Monument, which sits on the Lee County Courthouse square on Jefferson Street in Tupelo.

Hosted by the Tupelo-based Coalition4Change, the Celebration will be at 2 p.m.

Ford represents Mississippi Senate District 16, which covers Clay and parts of Lowndes, Noxubee and Oktibbeha counties. She succeeded her father, the late Sen. Bennie Turner, in office following his death in 2013.

Since its unveiling on Saturday, March 21, 2009, the Lee County Civil Rights Monument remains the only civil rights monument sitting on government property in the state. The monument was conceived and erected in response to monuments remembering to Confederate soldiers in Lee County and across Mississippi. The monument pays tribute to Lee County citizens who fought for civil rights and voting rights during the turbulent Civil Rights Movement period between the mid-1950s and late 1970s.