Local History Awards at Mississippi History Day 2016

On March 5, 2016, the annual Local Mississippi History Awards were given at the Mississippi History Day competition at the University of Southern Mississippi. The goal of the award is to deepen student appreciation of and exploration of the untold stories and role of “everyday people” in local Mississippi history, using the National History Day competition as an incentive and […]

Southern Freedom Movement Workshop at NCSS Conference

At the 2015 National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) conference in New Orleans, Mississippi Civil Rights Movement and Labor History Teacher fellow Anthony Golding and fellowship director Julian Hipkins III presented a workshop on the freedom movement in Mississippi. Hipkins began the session session by engaging participants in a critique of the traditional textbook narrative on the Civil Rights […]

Teacher Fellows Plan for Future

The Mississippi Civil Rights Movement and Labor History Teacher Fellows came from across the state for our mid-fall convening in Jackson from October 18-20, 2015. In just two short days, the fellows explored new lessons for the classroom, learned about opportunities for students to showcase their work, heard from inspiring guest speakers, wrote stories from […]

Mississippi Teacher Fellows Host Workshops Across the State

“I want to bring these lessons on teaching about the Civil Rights Movement to teachers in my school district.” Raymond Brookter’s sentiment was echoed by all the participants in our summer institute for Mississippi teacher fellows. On top of their full course load, these teachers rolled up their sleeves and made that vision a reality. […]

Mississippi Civil Rights Movement Veterans Conference 2015 Report Back

“Stand up for what is right even if you are the only one standing,” Hollis Watkins said to students in the Hip-Hop Detoxx session during the Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement Inc. annual conference. The 10th anniversary conference from March 18-21, 2015 was a gathering of Civil Rights veterans, community activists, teachers, and students […]

Local History Awards at Mississippi History Day 2015

On Mar. 22, 2015, the annual Local Mississippi History Awards were given at the Mississippi History Day competition at the University of Southern Mississippi. The goal of the award is to deepen student appreciation of and exploration of the untold stories and role of “everyday people” in local Mississippi history, using the National History Day competition as […]

Connection with a Freedom Rider

McComb High School students had the honor of speaking with Freedom Rider Hezekiah Watkins by phone on February 7, 2015. Leading up to the call, students prepared a series of question to gain as much information as possible from Mr. Watkins. When Mr. Watkins was asked how he got involved in the Freedom Rides, he […]

Do we still need Black History Month?

“Carter Woodson described February as the time we celebrated what we learned about ourselves year-round. By his plan, our study starts March 1.” — Greg Carr How do you include Black history throughout the year? A good conversation to have with students is the significance of Black History Month in schools across the country. In […]

Hattiesburg Students Put History on a World Map

For the past few weeks, my students have been using Historypin to reinvent their Black History projects. In year’s past, I have explored several options for making these projects more appealing including having the students create poster boards, websites, and even give speeches. I find that with Historypin, students are exposed to so many different […]

From the Hill Country to Jackson, Mississippi

“I’d never heard of the White Citizens Council,” said one of the teachers in a workshop facilitated by Julian Hipkins III in Benton County in mid-January. Hipkins traveled to Ashland, Meridian, and Jackson to meet with teachers, administrators, and partners about Teaching for Change‘s statewide Mississippi effort to promote teaching about Civil Rights Movement and labor history. The […]