Course Description

Mississippi is one of the first states that most Americans identify with the civil rights movement. The murder of Emmett Till, integration of Ole Miss, and assassination of Medgar Evers are commonly associated with the Mississippi Movement, but most people are less familiar with the decades of grassroots organizing that made progress possible in Mississippi. This course will explore the stories of Mississippi activists and organizations who made the changes outside of the national spotlight. We’ll also consider how key events like the murder of Emmett Till, Brown v. Board of Education, 1964 Mississippi Summer Project (Freedom Summer), and the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 influenced the shape of the civil rights movement in Mississippi. This course will provide a new perspective on both the civil rights movement and Mississippi’s history.


Instructor: Justin Martin

Location: Broadmoor United Methodist Church

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