The Southern Documentary Project’s mission is to tell the stories of the region through film and sound. We’ll highlight their work every few weeks through Storytime with SouthDocs.
A new film by SouthDocs filmmaker Matthew Graves, The Toughest Job: William Winter’s Mississippi, profiles former Mississippi Governor William Winter. The film will be broadcast in early fall, and we’ll share those details as planning proceeds. Check out the trailer above.
On the University of Mississippi campus and in the state, Winter is a beloved figure for many regardless of party affiliation. The William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation bears the former Governor’s name in recognition of his advocacy for dialogue and participation in President Bill Clinton’s Advisory Board on Race in the late 1990s. The Toughest Job tells the complicated story of Winter’s career in politics with an emphasis on his hard-fought battle to reform education in the state, with one notable result the establishment of public kindergartens.