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Columbia, Mississippi Celebrates 200 Years

On Jan. 5, 2019, the south Mississippi town of Columbia, Miss., celebrated its bicentennial downtown.

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Mississippi’s ‘Seg Academies’ Creating National Dialogue

The Jackson Free Press' report that Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith attended one of Mississippi's first segregation academies and later sent her daughter to one has spurred a national conversation on schools ...

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Cindy Hyde-Smith Presides as U.S. Senate Finally Passes Anti-Lynching Law

U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., presided as the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bill that makes lynching a federal civil-rights crime.

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Some USM Students Want Library Renamed, Citing Segregation

Some students at the University of Southern Mississippi want to consider renaming the school's main library, citing the namesake's history of supporting segregration.

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End Near for Racist Politics in Mississippi?

Wearing a long coat, she stood in front of a statue of Elvis Presley when she told the crowd that if her friend Colin Hutchinson "invited me to a public ...

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OPINION: Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith Lives in a Bubble of White Privilege

"I recognize the advantages my white privilege gave me. It doesn’t define me. It gave me an opportunity to be successful in life that I had to take advantage of ...

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Jackson City Council: 'No Confidence’ in Cindy Hyde-Smith as Senator

Less than a half hour after U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and her runoff opponent, Mike Espy, finished a closed-door debate, the Jackson City Council voted 4-1 for a symbolic showing ...

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OPINION: Don’t Be the 'Good One’: White Supremacist ‘Jokes’ Are Call to Action

"Why aren't you laughing? Those are all jokes, right? Laugh, and join in the fun. After all, our national leaders just say these things to amuse themselves and their supporters, ...

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Mississippians Call for Hyde-Smith to Resign at Protests Following Videos

“A lot of the students who aren’t from Mississippi, from out north or out west, they’re like, ‘Really? Your public officials would say something like that?’ So they’re energized. People ...

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OPINION: Cindy Hyde-Smith's Words Are Unacceptable

When Cindy Hyde-Smith made the statement that she would attend a “public hanging,” her statements should have been universally condemned.

Same-Sex Marriage Hearing

On November 12, 2014, a hearing was held at the federal courthouse to argue that ...

James Meredith Press Conference

On August 18, James Meredith gave a press conference to announce the creation the Bible ...

Freedom Summer: Activist Photographers

The Mississippi Museum of Art is displaying photographs from the Freedom Summer of 1964 in ...


Dr. Robert P. Moses gave the keynote speech at the Old Capitol celebrating the Mississippi ...

Lumumba's "Celebration of Life"

Hundreds gathered at the Jackson Convention Complex to say goodbye to the late Chowke Lumumba, ...

A Night of Civil Rights

On Monday night, people came to visit local legends of the civil rights movement assembled ...

Civil Rights Museum Groundbreaking

The State-funded Civil Rights Museum and the Museum of Mississippi History broke ground on October ...

Without Apology: JWHO Rally

On Saturday, dozens of supporters of Mississippi's only abortion clinic were outside to show support ...