Only a few weeks ago during National Black History Month, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant issued a proclamation officially decreeing April 2016 as Confederate Heritage Month. This proclamation was issued very quietly as it had been done under Governor Barbour, Governor Musgrove, Governor Fordice, and so on.
However, if it is heritage that should be honored by proclamation then the history of soldiers from Mississippi who served in the Union Army deserve their recognition as well.
These Mississippians were patriots who fought for the preservation of this great nation and we must preserve their history and legacy so that future generations can understand the sacrifice of our ancestors. To do otherwise would encourage a revisionist history that dishonors the memory of our families, friends, and neighbors who fought, bled, and died for freedom and for the nation.
And although we live proudly as citizens of these United States, the heritage that paved the way for that life has not been celebrated. Why? Read more.
6 students from Central Mississippi are heading to the Queen City for their chance to compete in the National ACT-SO Competition July 14-17, 2016 during the National NAACP Convention. Two Jackson Public School students, two Piney Woods students, and 2 students from Hattiesburg High School are packing their bags for Cincinnati, Ohio in hopes of bringing the national title home. See all of the winners in the Mississippi NAACP ACT-SO Competition, held March 12, 2016, below:
Catfish & Blues Reception at Annual NAACP National Convention
July 16-20, 2016
ESSA: Implications for Equity in Mississippi
On February 25, 2016, in collaboration with state partners, Partners for co-hosted a live webinar conversation, moderated by Dr. Leeson Taylor, superintendent, Greenville Public Schools and president, Mississippi Alliance of Black School Educators, to explore the implications for equity in Mississippi within the recently passed Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).