About This Place
Itta Bena is a city in Leflore County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 2,208 at the 2000 census. The town's name is derived from the Choctaw phrase iti bina, meaning "forest camp". Itta Bena is part of the Greenwood, Mississippi micropolitan area.
On a march between Itta Bena and nearby Greenwood, coordinated by the SNCC but led by Martin Luther King, Stokely Carmichael coined the rallying phrase "Black power!" Byron de la Beckwith, widely known at that time as the unconvicted murderer of Medgar Evers, drove his truck by the marchers three times while the local police looked on.
Itta Bena is located at 33°29′45″N 90°19′20″W / 33.49583°N 90.32222°W / 33.49583; -90.32222 (33.495968, -90.322321). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.8 km²), of which, 1.4 square miles (3.7 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (2.72%) is water.