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Mississippi



  • The Devil Had Nothing to Do With It

    by Greil Marcus

    The music writer looks at three recent books on the Mississippi blues singer and guitarist Robert Johnson, looking to pull his story out of the realm of myth. 



  • Premiere: Mississippi Justice

    The Bitter Southerner magazine and PBS's The American Experience partner on a short film that examines the plot to murder the civil rights workers Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner in 1964. 



  • Good Trouble’ In A White Flight Suburb: Oak Grove High Teens Confront Racism

    by Ashton Pittman

    Black Lives Matter protests organized by high school students near Hattiesburg, Mississippi are responding to inequities created by the growth of white flight suburbs after "Brown v. Board of Education," when manipulated city and school district boundaries and private "segregation academies" helped whites to hoard resources and educational opportunity.



  • Fannie Lou Hamer Risked Her Life for the Right to Vote

    Fannie Lou Hamer suffered unspeakable violence and intimidation at the hands of white supremacists and police to demand the right to vote, and challenged the Democratic Party to reject its southern segregationist branch in 1964.



  • Fannie Lou Hamer’s Dauntless Fight for Black Americans’ Right to Vote

    by Keisha N. Blain

    As Hamer and her Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party colleagues pointed out to the 1964 Democratic National Convention, a “whites-only” Democratic Party representing a state in which one out of five residents were black undermined the very notion of representative democracy. 



  • Mississippi House and Senate Vote to Remove Confederate Icon from State Flag

    “In the name of history, I stand for my two sons who are 1 and 6 years old,” said Sen. Derrick Simmons (D), who is black. “Who should be educated in schools, be able to frequent businesses and express their black voices in public spaces that all fly a symbol of love, not hate. A symbol of unity, not division. A symbol that represents all Mississippians, not some.”