We are happy to share with you our first monthly newsletter for educators on Mississippi Civil Rights Movement and labor history.

A two-year grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to Teaching for Change provides funding to develop and share lessons and other resources for teacher access statewide. This monthly newsletter will be one way to alert educators to these resources and share stories from teachers and students across the state. 

In addition, a teacher fellowship on Civil Rights Movement and labor history has been launched this fall. 

group of partners are providing guidance for the work, including historians, professors, archivists, and veterans of the Civil Rights Movement. 

Participate in Mississippi History Day

Students have a wonderful opportunity to bring Mississippi history to life through National History Day. National History Day is a program that allows students to choose historical topics related to a theme and use a performance, paper, documentary, website, or exhibit to showcase their findings. 

There are many Mississippi history topics that would make strong history day projects. There are also six opportunities to win a local history award. This year's theme is Leadership and Legacy in History

For more information about National History Day, see the Mississippi History Day website as well as the national website.

Classroom Resources

Primary Documents and Oral Histories

Free downloadable role play for high school students on the MFDP, formed 50 years ago.
Critical Focus:
The Black and White Photographs of
Harvey Wilson Richards

Includes photos from Mississippi in the 1950s and 1960s. Free for classroom teachers, for the price of shipping.

Civil Rights Movement
Veterans website

Primary documents and first person stories from veterans of the southern Freedom Movement from 1951-1968.
Oral Histories from
McComb Legacies

Oral histories of Mississippi movement veterans, conducted by McComb students and the Telling Their Stories Oral History Archives Project.
History Conferences

Teacher Learning Opportunities

at Mississippi State University
from October 19-21

on Friday, November 7, sponsored by
the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH)

Send us an email if you plan to attend either or both of these conferences so that our project director can meet you in person. Also, let us know if you are attending the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) in Boston (Nov. 21-22, 2014).

Meet the 2014 Teacher Fellows

It is our pleasure to introduce the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement and Labor History Teacher Fellows. The purpose of this fellowship is to build a sustainable statewide learning community of classroom teachers in grades 6-12 for teaching hands-on, inquiry based U.S. history through the lens of race and class in Mississippi history. 

Sign-up and/or Share Stories

We Want to Hear From You

Please share this newsletter with your colleagues and submit your story ideas.


For More Information

To learn more or share comments, write to project director Julian Hipkins III.