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  • MPB Episode | 1964: The Fight for a Right [VIDEO]

    1964: The Fight for a Right Air date 08/21/14 Voting is a Constitutional right. But in 1964, Black Mississippians had to fight – often at great personal cost – to fully gain this fundamental right. By the mid twentieth century, Mississippi’s African Americans had suffered from nearly 75 years of Jim Crow discrimination. In order… Read more

  • HB 585: New Rules, New Crimes and New Punishments

    In 2014,  Mississippi legislators created and Governor Phil Bryant  signed  into  law a new bill   designed  to  reduce  the state’s  prison population and  decrease  the  prison  system’s  strain of the budget.  While the  law does reduce  some criminal penalties, it also increases penalties for certain other crimes. Read our brochure for details.   HB 585… Read more

  • History and Ferguson, Missouri

    2014/08/19 - As I watched with a sickening sense of deja vu the images coming out of Ferguson, Missouri this week, I couldn’t help but come to this conclusion: we have allowed a pernicious historical revisionism to undermine the legacy of the civil rights movement. A half century ago, after covering datelines like Birmingham, Alabama and… Read more

  • The Message Behind the March

    2014/08/19 - When the March on Washington took place in August 1963, I was in jail in Greenville, Miss. I had gone to Greenville as a field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) to work with local people seeking voting rights. We didn’t expect that when high school students, hearing that “freedom riders” had… Read more

  • ‘Is This America?’: 50 Years Ago Sharecroppers Challenged Mississippi Apartheid, LBJ, and the Nation

    2014/08/19 - Fifty years ago this month, Mississippi sharecropper Fannie Lou Hamer gripped the nation with her televised testimony of being forced from her home and brutally beaten (suffering permanent kidney damage) for attempting to exercise her constitutional right to vote. “Is this America, the land of the free and the home of the brave, where… Read more

  • 4th Annual Art, Poetry & Justice SLAM

    2014/08/19 – It’s time for the 4th Annual Art, Poetry & Justice SLAM. To register please click the link at the bottom of the article. DATE: Saturday, October 18, 2014 Location: Tougaloo College Bennie G. Thompson Auditorium 500 West County Line Road Jackson, MS Time:      6pm-10pm *Caution may contain artistic expression! Every Oct. is National… Read more

  • Why Did Michael Brown Die in Ferguson?

    2014/08/17 - Michael Brown didn’t die in the dark. He was eighteen years old, walking down a street in Ferguson, Missouri, from his apartment to his grandmother’s, at 2:15 on a bright Saturday afternoon. He was, for a young man, exactly where he should be—among other things, days away from his first college classes. A policeman… Read more

  • Race Contributing to Low Insurance Rate

    2014/08/13 - Good news: The U.S uninsured rate decreased to slightly more than 13-percent, after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Bad news: that doesn’t really apply to blacks. That’s the wisdom from a series of polls conducted recently on the nation’s newly insured.  Multiple news outlets recently reported that the uninsured rate in the… Read more

  • Racism Suspected in Jones County Schools

    2014/08/13 - Notable politicians and Supreme Court judges have a habit these days of claiming that racism doesn’t exist, but that’s a hard argument to swallow when examples of discrimination drip out of the newspapers. On May 7, North East Jones High School Senior Deion Dobbins acted like a hothead and pushed over a school trash… Read more

  • Bryant Appoints Spreitler, Franklin to Board of Education

    2014/08/12 - Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed Danny Spreitler and Johnny Franklin to the state Board of Education to serve unexpired terms of members leaving. Bryant said Spreitler and Franklin bring many years of education experience and “I know they are focused on improving the lives of all Mississippi children through education.” Spreitler will be filling… Read more

  • NCVR Report Protecting Minority Voters 2014 – Our Work Is Not Done

    2014/08/07 – New Report Shows Continued Pattern of Voting Rights Discrimination—African American, Latino, Asian American and Native American Voters More Vulnerable Than Ever On the anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act and a year after the Supreme Court’s Shelby County v Holder decision gutted a vital protection of the Voting Rights Act… Read more

  • NAACP Promises to ‘Educate, Mobilize and Agitate’ for Voter Participation

    2014/07/25 - With a “pivotal election” coming up Nov. 4, the NAACP will kick off its 105th Annual Convention this week focusing primarily on maximum Black voter turnout for the mid-term elections. “All In for Justice and Equality” is the theme of the convention — to be held in Las Vegas. Voter suppression, criminal justice reform,… Read more

  • Voting Rights for All: People With Disabilities Are Prevented From Voting

    2014/07/23 - This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Mississippi Freedom Summer, during which more than a thousand volunteers went to assist African Americans in that state in their efforts to vote. From helping people prepare for literacy tests to facing angry mobs at voter registration offices, these volunteers encouraged citizens to navigate through a… Read more

  • African-American Vote in Mississippi Primary Recalls Freedom Summer

    2014/07/21 – Last month in Mississippi, African-Americans voted their choice in the Republican primary election. Some pundits see it as a strategic move to select the lesser of two evils, resulting in “mainstream” incumbent Thad Cochran fending off Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel. That interpretation is the default view of the pundit class, but those… Read more

  • Courtroom Drama: Voting Rights Paid for in Blood Under Siege in North Carolina

    2014/07/09 – At the U.S. District Court in Winston-Salem, Rick Glazier, a Democratic state legislator, took the witness stand on Tuesday, the second morning of a hearing on North Carolina’s restrictive new voting law, the enforcement of which the U.S. Department of Justice, the NAACP, and the League of Women Voters are seeking to halt…. Read more

  • Don’t Let SCOTUS Have The Last Word on Voting Rights

    2014/07/09 – In the Freedom Summer of 1964, several hundred students from across the United States traveled to Mississippi to register black voters in the face of discriminatory voting laws. This year’s 50th anniversary of the Freedom Summer calls for a renewed focus on the obstacles U.S. citizens still face in securing the right to vote. Perhaps the… Read more

  • A Lesson From Freedom Summer: In 1964 and Today Power is the Issue

    2014/07/08 – Freedom Summer began 50 years ago this season with a terrifying act of oppression. Attorney Martin Popper called it “the first interracial lynching in the history of the United States.” The brutal June 21, 1964 murders of young activists James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Mickey Schwerner were committed to send a message.  And… Read more

  • Black Leaders in Mississippi Say Thad Cochran Should Now Return the Favor

    2014/07/07 - After African-American voters in Mississippi came to the aid of Sen. Thad Cochran in a recent, hotly contested Republican primary runoff, several Black officials and leaders are calling on the incumbent senator to return the favor by adopting some policy changes. For one thing, they cite the importance of having congress reinstate some of the most… Read more

  • Students Joining Battle to Upend Laws on Voter ID

    2014/07/05 – WASHINGTON Civil rights groups have spent a decade fighting requirements that voters show photo identification, arguing that this discriminates against African-Americans, Hispanics and the poor. This week in a North Carolina courtroom, another group will make its case that such laws are discriminatory: college students. Joining a challenge to a state law alongside the N.A.A.C.P.,… Read more

  • Voter ID Out to Hurt Your Vote in 2014

    2014/02/03 - Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann can’t contain his glee these days, now that voters will have to start showing photo ID at the polls in June during party primaries for U.S. House and Senate races. “We are pleased our Circuit Clerks were prepared to get an early start issuing free Mississippi Voter ID… Read more

  • MPB Episode | 1964: The Fight for a Right [VIDEO]

    1964: The Fight for a Right Air date 08/21/14 Voting is a Constitutional right. But in 1964, Black Mississippians had to fight – often at great personal cost – to fully gain this fundamental right. By the mid twentieth century, Mississippi’s African Americans had suffered from nearly 75 years of Jim Crow discrimination. In order… Read more

  • HB 585: New Rules, New Crimes and New Punishments

    In 2014,  Mississippi legislators created and Governor Phil Bryant  signed  into  law a new bill   designed  to  reduce  the state’s  prison population and  decrease  the  prison  system’s  strain of the budget.  While the  law does reduce  some criminal penalties, it also increases penalties for certain other crimes. Read our brochure for details.   HB 585… Read more

  • The Message Behind the March

    2014/08/19 - When the March on Washington took place in August 1963, I was in jail in Greenville, Miss. I had gone to Greenville as a field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) to work with local people seeking voting rights. We didn’t expect that when high school students, hearing that “freedom riders” had… Read more

  • ‘Is This America?’: 50 Years Ago Sharecroppers Challenged Mississippi Apartheid, LBJ, and the Nation

    2014/08/19 - Fifty years ago this month, Mississippi sharecropper Fannie Lou Hamer gripped the nation with her televised testimony of being forced from her home and brutally beaten (suffering permanent kidney damage) for attempting to exercise her constitutional right to vote. “Is this America, the land of the free and the home of the brave, where… Read more

  • Race Contributing to Low Insurance Rate

    2014/08/13 - Good news: The U.S uninsured rate decreased to slightly more than 13-percent, after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Bad news: that doesn’t really apply to blacks. That’s the wisdom from a series of polls conducted recently on the nation’s newly insured.  Multiple news outlets recently reported that the uninsured rate in the… Read more

  • Racism Suspected in Jones County Schools

    2014/08/13 - Notable politicians and Supreme Court judges have a habit these days of claiming that racism doesn’t exist, but that’s a hard argument to swallow when examples of discrimination drip out of the newspapers. On May 7, North East Jones High School Senior Deion Dobbins acted like a hothead and pushed over a school trash… Read more

  • MDE Releases the New 2014 Accountability Standards – Will Schools Fall Short?

    2014/08/12 - In 2007, an Accountability Task Force began working on what a new accountability system should look like in light of the new curriculum framework in Language Arts, Mathematics and corresponding assessments that were being implemented.  Furthermore, the Mississippi Board of Education had established three (3) Bold Goals to (1) Reduce the dropout rate to… Read more

  • Bryant Appoints Spreitler, Franklin to Board of Education

    2014/08/12 - Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed Danny Spreitler and Johnny Franklin to the state Board of Education to serve unexpired terms of members leaving. Bryant said Spreitler and Franklin bring many years of education experience and “I know they are focused on improving the lives of all Mississippi children through education.” Spreitler will be filling… Read more

  • State Will Require Additional $312M to Fully Fund MAEP

    2014/07/23 - Mississippi’s public schools need an additional $312 million from lawmakers next year to fully fund the formula that determines how much money education is supposed to get, state education leaders said Wednesday. The state Board of Education approved a 2016 budget request seeking $370 million over the $2.49 billion lawmakers allotted in the budget… Read more

  • District Eyes Suit to Fund MAEP

    2014/07/25 – Chickasaw County School Board Trustees were told the state owes them $1.9 million and a lawsuit will soon be filed seeking to make the state fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. Attorney Dustin Childers, of Booneville, met with trustees last week and said parties to the suit need to sign on by July… Read more

  • 4th Annual Art, Poetry & Justice SLAM

    2014/08/19 – It’s time for the 4th Annual Art, Poetry & Justice SLAM. To register please click the link at the bottom of the article. DATE: Saturday, October 18, 2014 Location: Tougaloo College Bennie G. Thompson Auditorium 500 West County Line Road Jackson, MS Time:      6pm-10pm *Caution may contain artistic expression! Every Oct. is National… Read more

  • Racism Suspected in Jones County Schools

    2014/08/13 - Notable politicians and Supreme Court judges have a habit these days of claiming that racism doesn’t exist, but that’s a hard argument to swallow when examples of discrimination drip out of the newspapers. On May 7, North East Jones High School Senior Deion Dobbins acted like a hothead and pushed over a school trash… Read more

  • MDE Releases the New 2014 Accountability Standards – Will Schools Fall Short?

    2014/08/12 - In 2007, an Accountability Task Force began working on what a new accountability system should look like in light of the new curriculum framework in Language Arts, Mathematics and corresponding assessments that were being implemented.  Furthermore, the Mississippi Board of Education had established three (3) Bold Goals to (1) Reduce the dropout rate to… Read more

  • How Would You Score On A Third-Grade Common Core Math Test?

    2014/08/08 - If you’ve wondered how you would perform in school under the new Common Core State Standards, New York state just made it easier to find out. This week, the New York State Education Department released 50 percent of the questions used in the standardized tests this past year for grades three through eight. The… Read more

  • Racial, Ethnic Look at US Public School Students

    2014/08/09  - This year, for the first time, there will be more minority students than white students in the U.S. public school system, according to federal government projections. A look at how the numbers break down for public schools from 2014-19, according to the projections from the National Center for Education Statistics:     2014 school… Read more

  • Bryant Appoints Spreitler, Franklin to Board of Education

    2014/08/12 - Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed Danny Spreitler and Johnny Franklin to the state Board of Education to serve unexpired terms of members leaving. Bryant said Spreitler and Franklin bring many years of education experience and “I know they are focused on improving the lives of all Mississippi children through education.” Spreitler will be filling… Read more

  • John McDonogh High School Mismanaged by the Louisiana’s Recovery School District

    2014/08/07 – For more than nine years John McDonogh High School has been the victim of gross mismanagement by the state’s Recovery School District. Last week the school’s community asked the state education board to return John McDonogh to the Orleans Parish School Board. At that meeting attorney Willie Zanders submitted an excellent letter to… Read more

  • State Will Require Additional $312M to Fully Fund MAEP

    2014/07/23 - Mississippi’s public schools need an additional $312 million from lawmakers next year to fully fund the formula that determines how much money education is supposed to get, state education leaders said Wednesday. The state Board of Education approved a 2016 budget request seeking $370 million over the $2.49 billion lawmakers allotted in the budget… Read more

  • District Eyes Suit to Fund MAEP

    2014/07/25 – Chickasaw County School Board Trustees were told the state owes them $1.9 million and a lawsuit will soon be filed seeking to make the state fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. Attorney Dustin Childers, of Booneville, met with trustees last week and said parties to the suit need to sign on by July… Read more

  • Mississippi School Leaders Seek Full Funding For Education

    2014/07/23 - Mississippi’s public schools need an additional $312 million from lawmakers next year to fully fund the formula that determines how much money education is supposed to get, state education leaders said Wednesday. The state Board of Education approved a 2016 budget request seeking $370 million over the $2.49 billion lawmakers allotted in the budget… Read more

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    September 20, 2014

    State Conference Executive Meeting Dates (Location: TBD)
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    September 27, 2014, 6pm

    Tupelo Lee County Freedom Fund Banquet (Location: Clarion Summit Center, Tupelo,MS )

    October 18, 2014

    State Conference Executive Meeting Dates (Location: TBD)
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    October 18, 2014, 6pm

    4th Annual Youth Art Poetry & Justice SLAM (Location: Bennie G. Thompson Auditorium on Tougaloo College Campus)
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    November 6-9, 2014

    69th Annual NAACP State Convention (Location: Vicksburg, MS)

    November 2014 (Dates TBD)

    Mississippi Black Leadership Summit (Location: TBD)

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