WATCH: Civil Rights Celebrations Conclude with Mega Worship Service in Shreveport, Louisiana

The festivities commemorating the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement wrapped up Sunday evening with a mega civil rights celebration and worship service.
50 years ago on Sunday evening marks one of the worst days for racial intolerance in Shreveport. That's when armed horseback riding police stormed into a worship service at Little Union Baptist Church. Political and church leaders gathered to remember that day and celebrate how far the community has come.

Also in attendance was grandfather Ennis Jones, who grew up generations apart from his grandson Titus and experienced a very different Shreveport, "When I was growing up, they only had one school for blacks in Caddo Parish that was Booker T. Washington High School," said Jones.

He explained to KSLA News 12 that he brought his grandson to learn some history from the final event of the 50th year commemoration of the civil rights movement in North Louisiana. "They need to learn what people went through years ago, that nothing comes free," said Jones.

United States Senator Mary Landrieu joined Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover and other church leaders to honor civil rights activists and talk about the important role the local community played in the civil rights movement. "Here in Shreveport there were acts of defiance and courage that need to be remembered," said Sen. Landrieu.

Source: KSLA | Victoria Shirley

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