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Jackson State University (Jackson, MS 39217-0001)
Rico D. Chapman (Project Director: February 2016 to October 2017)
Mario J. Azevedo (Project Director: October 2017 to present)

Mississippi in the National Civil Rights Narrative

A three-week institute for college and university teachers on the civil rights movement in Mississippi and its relationship to national developments.

This summer institute seeks a marriage between the local and national narratives by bringing the Mississippi and the national stories together. Specifically, we will explore in great depth the struggle for freedom in Mississippi while comparing it to significant events in other parts of the American South, allowing participants to address the power of the older national narrative and the newer one based on community struggle. By the end of the institute, the participants and the faculty leaders will have placed the local within the national narrative, providing new analytical tools for understanding the transformative global impact of the Civil Rights Movement. National leaders inside government or on the streets of Birmingham helped shape and create change. At the same time, unlettered and largely unknown people, by the hundreds and thousands struggled for dignity and power on plantations and in small towns and cities of the Mississippi Delta.

Project fields:
African American History

Institutes for College and University Teachers

Education Programs

Total amounts:
$216,585 (approved)
$216,585 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2016 – 6/30/2018