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Mississippi



  • The Jackson Water Crisis Latest Chapter in Black Mutual Aid

    by Kaitlyn Greenidge

    The two sides of Mississippi's history are its exploitative oligarchy and the efforts of Black Mississippians and their allies to imagine egalitarian alternatives against the odds. Activists' responses to the collapse of the Jackson water infrastructure will test that spirit. 



  • Grant for Public History of Natchez, MS Civil Rights Sites

    “This is great news for Natchez,” Mayor Dan Gibson said in a news release. “These grant funds will help greatly in our efforts to better tell the entire history of Natchez to include commemorating our African American historic sites.”



  • Court Upholds Mississippi's 1890 Jim Crow Voting Law

    The framers of the state's voting laws were explicit in their intention to use the law to strip as many Black men of their right to vote as possible. A federal court recently ruled that the law, amended with nominally color-blind language, is acceptable. 



  • Why Isn't Joetha Collier Known as a Victim of Racism in Mississippi?

    by Keisha N. Blain

    A young woman's murder by white men in 1971, on the day she graduated from a newly integrated high school, doesn't fit easily into a narrative framework established by Emmett Till's killing – of martyrdom leading to change for the better.



  • Itta Bena, Miss. Works to Preserve Civil Rights History

    Shannon Bowden of Mississippi Valley State University is leading a public history project for the nearby Delta town of Itta Bena, preserving the sites and stories of voting rights activism.