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University of Mississippi, Main Campus (University, MS 38677-1848)
Susan Glisson (Project Director: June 2015 to August 2016)
Holly Reynolds (Project Director: August 2016 to May 2017)
Jennifer Stollman (Project Director: May 2017 to present)

Civil Rights Literacy and Its Benefits to the Common Good

Implementation of a statewide project of public programs, a public forum in Jackson, and accompanying educational resources on the history of race and discrimination in Mississippi.

Civil Rights Literacy and Its Benefits to the Common Good will explore the effects of a working knowledge of civil rights literacy—that is, a working knowledge of the historic and systemic causes of unrest nationwide, and what has been and is being done to address them—in current “public squares” in the U.S. Using Mississippi, ground zero in the U.S. for civil rights matters, as an instructive example, this initiative will gather the perspectives of scholars, students, artists, activists, and teachers to discuss civil rights literacy in Mississippi and elsewhere. An initial forum and subsequent public programs around the state will help build lasting, interactive educational tools, including a comprehensive digital resource—the Mississippi Civil Rights Project—the educational outreach component of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, whose doors open in 2017, and a lesson for teachers worldwide in how they can use the Mississippi Civil Rights Project website.

Project fields:
African American History; African American Studies

Humanities in the Public Square

Public Programs

Total amounts:
$200,000 (approved)
$197,308 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 12/31/2017