Thursday, February 25, 2021

Mississippi

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...
By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi will take steps to close part of a state prison that has been rocked by deadly violence and beset by longstanding problems such as broken toilets and moldy showers, Gov....
A little over a week ago, the activist group Until Freedom, traveled from New York City to Jackson, Mississippi, in an effort to seek justice for the inmates in the Mississippi State Penitentiary