Welcome to the monthly newsletter for Mississippi educators with stories and resources for teaching about the Civil Rights Movement and labor history.

Classroom Resources


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One Person, One Vote:
The Legacy of SNCC and and the fight for voting rights


The One Person, One Vote Project documentary website launched this month. It offers a well-organized and beautifully presented collection of profiles, stories, a timeline, map, and much more about the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. 


This is an invaluable classroom resource on the voting rights struggle and the overall fight for human rights and democracy in the U.S. The site is result of a collaboration between the SNCC Legacy Project and Duke University (Libraries and the Center for Documentary Studies).


Standing on My Sisters' Shoulders

One of the best films on the Civil Rights Movement, this award-winning documentary reveals the movement in Mississippi in the 1950s and 60s from the point of view of the courageous women who lived it and emerged as its grassroots leaders. Learn more.

National History Day in Mississippi

Don't miss the 
National History Day competition in Mississippi on Saturday, March 21 at USM in Hattiesburg. It is a unique and powerful opportunity to engage your students in the study and sharing of local history. To see the competition in action, volunteer to judge the local history awards.

Contact Julian Hipkins III
 for more info. 

Teacher Fellowship

Hattiesburg Students
Put History on a World Map


Tristal Watson is the first Mississippi Teacher Fellow to engage her class in the new Uncovering Mississippi's Hidden History page on Historypin. Not only are her students learning history, but they are also writing for an audience and sharing what they've learned with the world.

Teacher Fellowship Openings

Apply by
May 1, 2015

Mississippi middle and high public school teachers are invited to apply for the Mississippi teacher fellowship program with a focus on the Civil Rights Movement and labor history. Read more.

Learning Opportunities

Veterans of Mississippi Civil Rights Movement

The 10th anniversary conference will take place at Tougaloo College from March 18-21, 2015. See full scheduleRegister here.

Fixing the Ballot: The Voting Rights Act at 50 and the Status of Democracy

The National Association for Ethnic Studies annual conference will be held from March 26-28 at Mississippi State University. The theme is "Fixing the Ballot: The Voting Rights Act at 50 and the Status of Democracy." Visit

Teaching Mississippi's Complex History

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) will host it's first week-long teacher workshop on teaching Mississippi history through primary source documents and artifacts from June 22-26Participants will attend sessions and spend time in the state archives library researching and identifying primary source documents to be used in classroom lessons created by attendees. Deadline for applications April 15, 2015For more information or to request an application packet contact MDAH education staff.

Background Reading

To Write in the Light of Freedom

To Write in the Light of Freedom: The Newspapers of the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Schools gives an account of the lives of African-American students who attended Freedom Schools in 1964. Freedom Schools allowed students to have pride in themselves by teaching content free of the poisonous haze of white supremacy. 




Womanpower Unlimited and the Black Freedom Struggle in Mississippi by Tiyi M. Morris provides the first comprehensive examination of the Jackson, Mississippi-based women's organization Womanpower Unlimited.


For More Information

We welcome Civil Rights Movement teaching stories and photos from Mississippi teachers to feature in this monthly e-newsletter. 

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

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