The following speech by U.S. District Court Judge Carlton Reeves -- Mississippi's second African American federal judge -- has been shared widely since it was read in his courtroom on February 10. The occasion was a sentencing hearing for the perpetrators of a modern-day lynching: the brutal murder of James Craig...
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.
African Americans account for 61 percent of Mississippi's prisoners, but only 37 percent of its population. Mississippi should join a national movement to reexamine the racial impact of its sentencing laws.