Mississippi Civil Rights Movement and Labor History Teacher Fellowship

The Mississippi Civil Rights Movement and Labor History Teacher Fellowship was launched in 2014. The goal is to build a sustainable statewide learning community of classroom language arts, social studies, and history teachers in grades 6–12 for teaching hands-on, inquiry based U.S. history through the lens of race and class in Mississippi history. The partners […]

Hands on the Plow for Teacher Fellowship

“I am a country boy, so silo has a serious meaning for me. Everything that’s in a silo is either dead or dying and is expected to be eaten. So we want to make sure we don’t find ourselves in a silo. We want to make sure that we spread the work out so that we […]

Mississippi at Atlantic City

By Charles M. Sherrod In 1964, a year after Birmingham’s fire hoses were unleashed on Black children and a year before the March from Selma to Montgomery, SNCC decided to upgrade their protracted work in Mississippi. The Movement needed to create a conflict that would arouse the nation’s (white) consciousness, so the idea of “Freedom […]

Teaching About Brown v. Board

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board decision. Too often marked as the launch of the Civil Rights Movement, it is important to teach about the Supreme Court ruling in the context of the decades long struggle by people across the United States. This anniversary is also a key time to look at […]

The March on John Philip Sousa: A Social Action Project

By Elizabeth A. Davis For at least a decade in Washington, D.C., the school where I taught, the John Philip Sousa Middle School, would only make the news when a neighborhood shooting would occur. But the site of my vocation had a great and glorious history, I discovered—one directly connected to the Civil Rights Movement. […]

Students Awarded for Local Mississippi History Projects

On February 22, 2014, the second Local Mississippi History Awards were given at the Mississippi History Day competition at USM-Hattiesburg. 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 […]

Glenda Funchess

I definitely consider myself as being blessed to have participated in some crucial moments in Mississippi History–such as Freedom School in 1964, Civil Rights Movement in Hattiesburg from 1964 to 1968, and other events. However, the most memorable event during my childhood would be having been at Mt. Zion Baptist Church on March 19, 1968, to […]

In Their Own Voice: Activists Tell the History of the Civil Rights Movement

The Library of Congress has launched an online collection of oral history interviews with Civil Rights Movement veterans. The interviews were collected and compiled under the Civil Rights History Project Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-19). It was a collaborative effort of the Library of Congress (LOC) and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American […]

Teaching for Change Presents and Learns at the Schomburg Center

On Monday, July 15, with many hearts still reeling from the announcement of George Zimmerman’s acquittal after killing unarmed African American teenager Trayvon Martin, Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad and Dr. Ernest Morrell addressed dozens of educators in the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s Black History 360° Summer Institute. Muhammad and Morrell invited teachers […]

Freedom Movement Unsung Hero Clyde Kennard Honored on 50th Anniversary

Korean War veteran Clyde Kennard wrote eloquent letters about the need for desegregation and his right to attend Mississippi Southern College (now the University of Southern Mississippi) in the 1950s. Instead of being admitted, the state of Mississippi framed him on criminal charges for a petty crime and sentenced him to seven years of hard labor at Parchman […]