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



Teacher Fellows Plan for the Future

The Mississippi Civil Rights Movement and Labor History Teacher Fellows came from across the state for our mid-fall convening in Jackson. In just two short days, the fellows explored new lessons for the classroom, learned about opportunities for students to showcase their work, heard from inspiring guest speakers, wrote stories from their own classrooms, and planned the future of the fellowship. More here

National History Day
Local History Awards and Travel 
National History Day offers a unique opportunity for students to study and share Mississippi history. Learn about how to get your students involved, including the study of local history topics and awards here. National History Day offers free webinars to answer any question you may have. 
Laurel, Mississippi school librarian Raymond Brookter was selected to participate in Understanding Sacrifice, a highly competitive, yearlong professional development program sponsored by the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC). Learn more.


Freedom School Lesson

This lesson (for grades 7+) on the history of Freedom Schools is based on primary documents and oral histories. Students also consider the purpose and possibilities of education today. Learn more

Race, Media, and Civil Rights Lesson
This lesson (for grades 7+) is about the role of the mainstream media in sustaining white supremacy and how the Civil Rights Movement fought for equal access and honest reporting from the 1940s to the 1960s. The lesson is based on four case studies in Mississippi. Learn more.


The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch

This new picture book introduces students to the Reconstruction era in Mississippi through the life of Congressperson John Roy Lynch. It is ideal for upper elementary classrooms. Learn more.
A Documents-Based Lesson on the Voting Rights Act

This lesson uses a case study of Lowndes County, Alabama and three SNCC-related documents from the early 1960s to explore the impact of the Voting Rights Act (and 1964 Civil Rights Act) on southern Black citizens. Learn more.

'A Shaky Truce': Starkville Civil Rights Struggles, 1960-1980

Through oral history interviews and digitized archival documents, this site highlights the civil rights story in Starkville, Mississippi, and the voices of its participants. Learn more

Aaron Henry of Mississippi: Inside Agitator

This new book by Professor Minion K.C. Morrison introduces readers to the life of Mississippi voting rights activist and politician Aaron Henry. Learn more.

American Congo: The African American Freedom Struggle in the Delta

In 1921, freedom fighter William Pickens described the Mississippi River Valley as the "American Congo." Nan Woodruff argues that the African Congo under Belgium's King Leopold II is an apt metaphor for the Delta of the early twentieth century. Learn more.

New on

Chronology of Violence One of the best sources for primary documents for teaching about the southern freedom movement is the website. 

Beginning with this issue of the e-newsletter, we will feature a resource from Each month the site lists new documents and articles. 

This month we draw your attention to the Chronology of Violence and Intimidation in Mississippi Since 1961. This document was developed and used by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee to expose the consistent human rights abuses against African Americans. The document countered the politicians' and the media descriptions of the violence as isolated cases. 

While this report is about the state of Mississippi, a similar compilation could be prepared for anywhere in the country.

Dr. Roy DeBerry Honored  

On October 24, SNCC veteran Dr. Roy DeBerry (far left) received the Alumni Achievement Award from Brandeis University. The award recognizes alumni who have made distinguished contributions to their professions or chosen fields of endeavor. Learn more.

Angela Davis at Tougaloo

Political activist and scholar Angela Davis was the guest Presidential Lecturer at Tougaloo College Thursday, October 22, 2015. She spoke for just over an hour before a packed house in the historic Woodworth Chapel on campus, with an overflow crowd directed to a nearby hall. Learn more.

In Memory

Alvin Bronstein

From 1964 to 1968, Alvin Bronstein (Jun. 8, 1928 - Oct. 24, 2015) directed the Lawyers Constitutional Defense Committee and engaged in civil rights litigation in Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana. He consulted and was counsel for the NAACP and other human rights and consumer groups. Learn more.

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. Hipkins is also available to offer teacher workshops in Mississippi schools and pre- or in-service programs. Learn more here.

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