Friday, June 18, 2021

Mississippi

by Najee El-Amin -- In 2016, Mississippi’s voter turnout rate took a nosedive as 70,000 eligible citizens did not show up to cast a ballot. Activists have been trying to figure out why this happened and how to get African...
by Emily Wagster Pettus --  JACKSON, Miss. — Charles Evers, who led an eclectic life as a civil rights leader, onetime purveyor of illegal liquor in Chicago, history-making Black mayor in deeply segregated Mississippi and contrarian with connections to prominent...
by Jay Reeves --  BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Long a symbol of pride to some and hatred to others, the Confederate battle flag is losing its place of official prominence 155 years after rebellious Southern states lost a war to perpetuate...
by Emily Wagster Pettus -- JACKSON, Miss. — Spectators at the Mississippi Capitol broke into cheers and applause Saturday as lawmakers took a big step toward erasing the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag, a symbol that has come...
How does one go from being mayor of a major city to being president of a small HBCU in rural Mississippi? It’s a question Dr. Ivy Taylor has answered frequently since being tapped as the new president of Rust College...
by Adrian Sainz and Jay Reeves --  TUNICA, Miss. — Since mid-March, the wide roads leading to the gambling halls of Tunica County, Mississippi, have been devoid of cars. The bells of the slot machines and chatter from hopeful card...
by Angelica Owens --  Prospective graduates of the Rust College class of 2019-20 now know that graduation exercises set for April 26 are on hold, indefinitely. A campus update sent out Friday says the decision to delay graduation was in keeping...
Marketia Morrow is quietly terrified. As the Chief Nursing Officer at Alliance Healthcare System in my hometown of Holly Springs, Miss., she is in a combat zone – she can’t self-isolate. Can’t keep a six-foot distance. Can’t work from home....
by Stacy M. Brown -- The crisis at Parchman Prison, the former slave plantation where more than two-thirds of inmates are African American, continued with the February 16, 2020 death of David Lee May. The death was the 18th at...
D.J. Jeffries could have gone to any school in the area. Many coaches kindly asked him to come play for their high school basketball team. But Jeffries was not having any of that.  He wanted to go to Olive...