‘Legacy of a Freedom Ride’ revealed by son, father in new book by Dennis duo

Author David Dennis Jr. and his activist father, David Dennis Sr., traveled to Jackson, Mississippi to hold a book signing and reading event at Lemuria Bookstore on May 17 in honor of the release of their new book, The Movement Made Us: A Father, a Son, and the Legacy of a Freedom Ride. Jackson’s First Lady and English professor, Ebony Lumumba, hosted the discussion. During the course of the conversation, they talked about the impetus of the book and the importance of the Movement. In the early 2000s, circa 2002-2003, David Dennis Jr. was a junior at Murrah High School in Jackson when the idea for a book about his father’s life began to take form. One day, after entering the 2nd floor classroom of Mrs. Alix Davis Williams, he and the entire APAC English class, including this article’s writer, were assigned a bit of light reading in the form

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Juvenile abuse, welfare theft, both parts of same corrupt political system

While Mississippi courts locked mothers away from contact with their children, some very slick hustlers in high places stole over $130 million in federal welfare money and ignored neglect and battery of children. When Rankin County law enforcement officers handcuffed Tameika Weston in front of her children in 2016, she had no idea that she was just one of hundreds of Black mothers whose children fell victim to “judicial kidnapping” in Mississippi. Her three kids – now aged 15, 10, and 5 – would be taken away from her on a spurious charge and she would not be allowed to see them for nearly three years. Former Rankin County Youth Court Judge John Shirley declared Weston to be an “unfit mother” and separated her from her two older kids and finally took away her infant son, only allowing contact once every six months via telephone. “He kept my kids hostage

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A Salute to Dr. Ivory Phillips!

Dr. Ivory Phillips has been a contributing writer to the Jackson Advocate for 42 years. He has been instrumental in highlighting issues in the Jackson community that deal with education and politics.

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