Democratic Presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche hit the campaign trail in Mississippi March 5, 1996, speaking to enthusiastic audiences at Jackson State University and Central United Methodist Church. LaRouche is on the March 12 Democratic ballot in Mississippi. Three civil rights movement veterans joined him in campaigning: Amelia Boynton Robinson Mrs. A.M.E. Logan, and the Rev. James Bevel, LaRouche's 1992 vice-presidential running mate.
Democratic Presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche hit the campaign trail in Mississippi March 5, speaking to enthusiastic audiences at Jackson State University and Central United Methodist Church. LaRouche is on the March 12 Democratic ballot here. His message was a blunt challenge to the students and civil rights leaders who came to hear him: "The truth is breaking out" about the real nature of the breakdown crisis affecting this nation, he said, and you must become the "missionaries of knowledge, the missionaries of hope" to organize the movement that can solve this crisis.
LaRouche's Mississippi trip was covered by most of the Jackson and statewide media, which attended a noon press conference and the evening address. The day began with a moving address to a conference at Jackson State University, sponsored by the Schiller Institute and the Delta Delta chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, and attended by 85 students and faculty. Speaking with LaRouche were three veteran leaders of the civil rights movement: Schiller Institute vice chairman Amelia Boynton Robinson, Mrs. A.M.E. Logan, and the Rev. James Bevel, LaRouche's 1992 vice-presidential running mate.
Mrs. Robinson spoke passionately about her life's work, bringing voter rights to black Americans, then told the students, "You cannot be afraid. Justice and freedom are not free, you have to fight for them." She urged them to listen carefully to LaRouche, whom she called the "heir" to Dr. Martin Luther King. Mrs. A.M.E. Logan introduced the Rev. Bevel, calling him her son. When the Freedom Summer was organized in Mississippi, Mrs. Logan said, she housed all the original student organizers. The first meeting ever of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference was held in her home. She alone had had the courage to continue the Freedom Rides in the face of repeated bombings. The Rev. Bevel, a Mississippi native well-known for his lifelong struggle for civil rights, spoke briefly about how he met Lyndon and Helga Zepp LaRouche, and about his own history in the civil rights movement, then warmly introduced LaRouche.
LaRouche was introduced at the evening event, also sponsored by the Schiller Institute and Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, by Dr. Mel Evans, president of the Clinton Branch of NAACP. The audience included State Legislators and City Councilmen as well as several religious leaders who had been active with Dr. King and the Rev. Bevel in the civil rights movement in Mississippi. In a 45-minute speech, LaRouche elaborated on his morning themes: The principal issue in the campaign is that "the truth is breaking out," LaRouche said, but it's still "in the form of a rumbling." He said there is an "eruption" in the Democratic Party against the "Republican" faction, with the recent realistic statements by Sens. Kennedy and Daschle (see article, p. 1), but this is "not yet a clear fight.... The issues have not yet been made clear.
"I alone am talking about the larger truth," which is more frightening, LaRouche said--the fundamental, larger truth that nobody but he will address, which is that the whole world monetary and financial system is on its deathbed, and there is no recovery possible; it's doomed to die. Either this system is put through the kind of orderly bankruptcy LaRouche has prescribed, or the bubble will implode and the whole system can come down virtually overnight. Our job now, LaRouche concluded, is to "keep the earthquake going." You can see the truth "struggling to break free," he said. Now, you have to join the fight.