On Wednesday July 11, 2018 I was able to attend a meeting with Alan Spears of the National Parks Conservation Association on Capitol Hill. The meeting took place in Congressman Bennie Thompson’s office with his Washington D.C. Legislative Assistant, Claytrice Henderson. A congressman of the Second Mississippi District with offices here in DC and across all of western Mississippi. Our discussion was based around activist Medgar Evers who should be recognized as a vanguard of Civil Rights activism during the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. Congressman Thompson and his staff have worked tirelessly to have this modern day hero become a national symbol not only in Mississippi but across the whole of the United States. In our dialogue we were able to assess how far the initiative had progressed and possible roadblocks that could become visible in the near future. It was an extremely insightful meeting and look forward to possibly many more in the near future. The discussion further drove home the ideas of creating national identity not only in the African-American community but the Asian-American community were we have seen even less advocates for national heritage sites. In the 1882 Foundation we hope to one day trail-blaze a similar narrative with regards to a Chinese-American immigrant who can provide an additional narrative to the Asian-American story.

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