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Civil Rights Activist Honored in Chattanooga

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James Mapp says his message now is for younger generations to strive to do great things. James Mapp says his message now is for younger generations to strive to do great things.

CHATTANOOGA  (WRCB) -- The cover was removed from the former Tennessee Client Services building on Saturday to reveal the name, James Mapp.

Some call him the face behind the desegragation of the Chattanooga school system.

Others know him as the man who fought to end social injustices against African Americans in the 50's and 60's.

A packed house of family friends and supporters gathered inside the newly named state building to pay homage to Mapp.

He says he fought for what anyone in the times of segregation wanted, which was equality.

In April of 1960, he filed a desegregation lawsuit that lasted a record 26 years, guiding the policies of the Chattanooga public school systems and mandating equal opportunities for all students.

Chattanooga City Councilman Russell Gilbert says now more communities need to step up to help to make more changes.

Mapp says his message now is for younger generations to strive to do great things.

He and others say much of the recent violence involving teens is an indication that more needs to be done to get them involved in leadership roles.

This dedication was made possible by a resolution State Rep. Tommie Brown. Rep. Brown initiated Saturday's event through House Resolution 1335, which she wrote and sponsored. In 2009, both houses passed the bill.

Rep. Brown says there was vast support for the resolution.

Mapp has been honored locally by several organizations for his civil rights work.

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