In 1964, the brutal slayings of three civil rights workers, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, rocked the country. Their deaths cast a spotlight on the horrific violence and injustice already known by those who lived in the state of Mississippi.
In 1970, 18 members of Mississippi’s Ku Klux Klan were federally indicted for violating Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner’s civil rights. Of the 18 men indicted, only seven were found guilty, and none of those seven spent more than six years in prison. Despite the heinousness of the crime, the state of Mississippi chose not to pursue any murder charges.
What Mississippi did choose to do was create the very weapon that enabled the murders to happen. In 1956, the Legislature created the State Sovereignty Commission “to prevent encroachment upon the rights of this and other states by the federal government.” The rights they were speaking of were equal protection under the law for African-Americans — more specifically, the right to vote for African-Americans free of barriers and intimidation and the rights of an equal and integrated education. 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:
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).