As Faulkner instructs, the past is never dead. But lingering Confederate sympathy among Mississippians – flaring in the wake of the University of Mississippi's diversity and inclusion report – proves that it is often misremembered.
Mississippi's flagship university has the opportunity to be a leader for institutions dealing with legacies of racism and exclusion. But before that can happen, we need to support Dan Jones's leadership from within.
More than one-fourth of Mississippi public schools are at least 90 percent black. Another tenth are at least 90 percent white. And, just as in 1964, students in those identifiably black schools receive an inferior education.
The director of WKKF's Mississippi and New Orleans programming speaks about President Obama's My Brother's Keeper initiative, the challenges unique to young black and Latino men, and what success will look like in Mississippi.