The goal of the Mississippi Civil Rights Project is to present videos, primary documents, writing, and images that bring to life the many stories behind the civil rights movement in Mississippi, searchable by name, place, and subject.
Why? Beyond the obvious explanation (there’s a need and demand for it by educators), there’s a more philosophical reason: Easily digested savior narratives are popular, but they aren’t realistic. Movements contain many faces and names no less critical to the movement’s survival and progress than the Martin Luther Kings and Rosa Parkses that dominate popular narratives. It is as important as it is interesting to unearth these people and to preserve their stories.
We should be clear in emphasizing that this movement is ongoing; this means that this site will grow and change as new material is added. Please submit your own material by following this link.