A Tupelo, Mississippi, native, Braxton Thomas, is a 2019 graduate of Millsaps College where she earned a BA in history with a minor in sociology. She is pursuing an MA in Southern Studies on the documentary track. While at Millsaps, Thomas served as a research assistant with the Kellogg Foundation, researching methods to incorporate the Mississippi civil rights movement into the Jackson Public School District’s lesson plans. She also interned with House of Ruth Maryland, in Baltimore, shadowing attorneys who represented battered women and children. Prior to Thomas’s graduate studies, she was a CBCF intern on Capitol Hill before accepting a staff position in the office of Congressman Bennie G. Thompson.

Areas of Focus: Civil rights, race relations, southern black culture, southern politics, oral history