August/September LIVING BLUES Available Now!

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The August/September #244 issue of Living Blues shines a spotlight on the state of the blues in Jackson, Mississippi. Supported by a generous grant from the Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau, this special edition of LB documents an under-the-radar, yet thriving local scene—one whose influential roots run deep.

SouthDocs Feature Length Films About Mississippi Available to View Online

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Speaking of Mississippi Stories, we wanted to remind everyone that there are several feature length SouthDocs* films available to view online: Mississippi Innocence by Joe York, The Toughest Job: William Winter’s Mississippi by the Emmy-winning Matthew Graves, and Rebels: James Meredith and the Integration of Ole Miss by Matthew Graves. Please share with friends, especially history teachers!

Center Launches New Site for Documentary Media

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The Mississippi Stories website, launched in July 2016, seeks to tell the complex story of Mississippi and Mississippians through multiple forms of documentary practice: film, photography, oral history, and sound. The website presents work by students, staff, faculty, and alumni of the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture, including Center institutes and partners Living Blues magazine, the Southern Documentary Project, and the Southern Foodways Alliance.

On Violence in the South: Criminal Justice through the Civil Rights Era

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This week, in a response to violent events across the nation, the Center has shared a series of articles from the 2011 Violence volume of the New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. Today, we close the series with a look at criminal justice in the South through the civil rights era by Christopher Waldrep of San Francisco State University. So far this week we’ve featured entries on Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Jessie Daniel Ames, antilynching activism, and nonviolent protest.

On Violence in the South: Nonviolent Protest

Selma to Montgomery March, 1965. Courtesy Library of Congress.

As a response to violence and the issues it raises, and how people have opposed it, the Center is running a series of entries from the New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture volume on Violence, published in 2011. So far this week we’ve featured entries on Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Jessie Daniel Ames, and antilynching activism. Today, an article by Charles Reagan Wilson on nonviolent protest.

On Violence in the South: Antilynching Activism

Group marching near the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., to protest the lynching of four African-Americans in Georgia. Courtesy Library of Congress

As a response to violence and the issues it raises, and how people have opposed it, the Center will be running a series of entries from the New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture volume on Violence, published in 2011. So far this week we’ve featured entries on Ida B. Wells-Barnett and Jessie Daniel Ames. Today, an article by Karlos K. Hill of Texas Tech University on Antilynching Activism.

On Violence in the South: Jessie Daniel Ames

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As a response to violence and the issues it raises, and how people have opposed it, the Center will be running a series of entries from the New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture volume on Violence, published in 2011. Today, an entry on Jessie Daniel Ames by Marie S. Jemison. Yesterday, we featured the entry on Ida B. Wells-Barnett.

On Violence in the South: Ida B. Wells-Barnett

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As a response to violence and the issues it raises, the Center will be running a series of entries from the New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture volume on Violence. Today we start with the entry on Ida B. Wells-Barnett by scholar Patricia A. Schechter.