SFA Films and Website Explore Restaurant Desegregation

Students from Tougaloo College stage a sit-in at the Woolworth’s lunch counter in downtown Jackson, Mississippi, in May 1963. Photo by Fred Blackwell

The Southern Foodways Alliance is hard at work talking about food and pop culture, their theme for 2015, but we wanted to make sure everyone saw their documentary work on the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which was part of their 2014 exploration of inclusion and exclusion in southern foodways. One part of this study… Read More >

New Gammill Gallery Exhibit of Civil Rights Photographs by Jim Lucas

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The Gammill Gallery currently has an exhibit of photographs by Jim Lucas, taken between 1964 – 1968.  The photos document the search for civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, James Meredith’s 1966 March for Freedom, Robert F. Kennedy’s trip to the Delta, and others. The exhibit is from Delta State University’s… Read More >

SouthDocs Films to be Shown at Oxford Film Festival Feb. 26 – Mar. 1

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SouthDocs FilmS to Be Screened THIS WEEK at 2015 Oxford Film Festival The Oxford Film Festival’s 12th annual festival will be held February 26–March 1, 2015, at the Oxford Commons Malco, 206 Commonwealth Blvd., Oxford. The opening night event includes the Mississippi premiere of James Franco’s adaptation of The Sound and The Fury. Films by the Southern… Read More >

Listen to Dr. Jessie Wilkerson’s Brown Bag

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In case you missed Dr. Jessie Wilkerson’s Brown Bag lecture last Wednesday, take a listen here.  In her lecture titled “I’m a Southern, Farm Girl, Union, Democrat Feminist: Finding Feminism in the American South” she drew on oral history work done at the Southern Oral History Program at UNC. SouthDocs will be sharing more sound… Read More >

Wharton Photography Exhibit at the Ford Center

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David Wharton, Assistant Professor of Southern Studies and director of Documentary Studies at the Center, has an exhibit of photographs up in the beautiful gallery space at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts.  The photographs are taken from The Power of Belief: Spiritual Landscapes from the Rural South, forthcoming in late 2015.… Read More >

New Gammill Gallery Exhibit by Alysia Burton Steele

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The Gammill Gallery in Barnard Observatory has a new exhibit by Alysia Burton Steele.  Steele is Assistant Professor in the UM Meek School of Journalism and New Media.  Learn more about her exhibit, “Delta Jewels,” below in her artist’s statement. The exhibit will be up through January 31, 2015. DELTA JEWELS: In Search of My… Read More >

New Gammill Gallery Photography Exhibit on the Mardi Gras Indians

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The Gammill Gallery in Barnard Observatory has a new exhibit of photographs by Pableaux Johnson.  The gallery, which hosts about four exhibits of documentary photography each year, is free and open to the public 9am to 5pm, Monday – Friday. Pableaux Johnson is a writer and photographer based in New Orleans. His work has appeared regularly… Read More >

New SFA Oral History Project Looks at Houston

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All this week the Southern Foodways Alliance blog will present oral histories from a new project on Houston, Texas.  Amy C. Evans, in her last marvelous act as SFA Senior Oral Historian, looked at how Asian restaurants were redefining Houston foodways. Check out the the project page.  Like all SFA oral history projects, the interviews… Read More >

SouthDocs Film Tells of Governor Winter’s Battle for Education Reform

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The Toughest Job: William Winter’s Mississippi, a documentary directed by Matthew Graves for the University of Mississippi’s Southern Documentary Project (SouthDocs), chronicles the life and career of Mississippi’s 57th Governor William Winter and his fight to pass the 1982 Education Reform Bill. Broadcast Premiere October 2 Mississippi Public Broadcasting will air the premiere statewide broadcast… Read More >