Starting Dec. 23: Two programs about Gov. William Winter to air on MPB Television

To commemorate the life and career of Gov. William Winter, Mississippi Public Broadcasting will re-air the following programs on MPB Television: The Toughest Job: William Winter’s Mississippi at 7 p.m. Dec. 23 and ConversationsGov. William and Elise Winter at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 25 and 11 a.m. Dec. 27.
Winter, Mississippi’s 58th governor, died Friday, Dec.18, at the age of 97.

The Toughest Job: William Winter’s Mississippi
 chronicles the life and career of Gov. Winter and his fight to pass the 1982 Education Reform bill. The film also emphasizes Winter’s role as a leader in economic development and racial reconciliation. The documentary features materials from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and interviews with Gov. Winter, Elise Winter, Vernon Jordan, Dick Molpus, Myrlie Evers-Williams, Ray Mabus, Reuben V. Anderson, Charles Overby, President Bill Clinton and others.

Produced by The Southern Documentary Project, the documentary first aired in 2014 on MPB Television. “It’s been a remarkable challenge attempting to condense a whole life’s worth of passion, bitter defeats and momentous victories into an hour-long documentary, but I feel very satisfied with what we’ve created,” said filmmaker Matthew Graves in 2014. “To me, it’s a thrilling story of perseverance and leadership and is truly a testament to what is possible in this state.”

“In an age of shrill, often gridlocked politics, we need more leaders with Gov. Winter’s courage, character, resolve and constructive leadership,” said David Crews, the film’s executive producer and former gubernatorial advisor. “This film portrays a rich, tumultuous period of history while documenting the accomplishments of a rare leader willing to tackle tough, vexing and important issues.”

ConversationsGov. William and Elise Winter, also originally aired in 2014, and was produced by MPB Television. Winter is often viewed as Mississippi’s greatest statesman. In this edition of Conversations, he and his wife, Elise, reminisced about their many years in the political arena, their lives together and their service to others.

Source: Mississippi Public Broadcasting. For more information on MPB, visit

Our legacy is now: Make an end-of-year gift to the Winter Institute

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Dear Friend of the William Winter Institute–

In January 2020, your Winter Institute hosted a National Day of Racial Healing event in Jackson for the state of Mississippi. After a wonderful day of panel discussions and dramatic performances, a crowd of 200 community members and students at the Two Mississippi Museums heard the inspiring local artist Pam Confer sing her original song “Mississippi Beautiful.” The lyrics that moved us that evening foretold the unexpected challenges that soon began to unfold. The song urges us to lift others up,

for we know no one can love quite like we can. Mississippi, who are we?

In a year that has exposed so starkly the needs of our communities—a year that shone a very bright light on why the Winter Institute’s work is vital—”Who are we?” became a critical question. During a pandemic and a focus on systemic racism around the world, where are we focusing our efforts, and how can we—all of us—most impactfully create a better future, free of discrimination?

In July, as COVID-19 was spreading, I sent you a letter that described the various ways that we were reimagining the delivery of the Winter Institute’s work. Most of these changes involved shifting into virtual settings the methods that the Institute has employed in person for more than 20 years. I am happy to report that these approaches have been effective, even exceeding our hopes.

Indeed, as we have seen our children’s education disrupted, our community and family members’ health compromised, our everyday normal changed in so many ways, I hope that it provides you a bit of cheer to know that there is more demand, in 2020, for the William Winter Institute’s work for a better future than there has ever been. Below are a few activities and achievements, amid truly extraordinary circumstances, made possible by your support:

During 2020, our work has touched thousands of students, citizens, and communities in ways that we could not have imagined even in January, while we heard the words of “Mississippi Beautiful.” The Winter Institute staff has remained committed, working from home or in careful convenings with stakeholders. I couldn’t be more proud of Von Gordon, April Grayson, Jennifer Heath, Jeran Herbert, Jackie Martin, and Jake McGraw for the countless ways that they are improving our world every day.

I also want to thank you for your continued support of the William Winter Institute. Who are we? Like you, we are committed to ending difference-based discrimination everywhere we work. To borrow another lyric from “Mississippi Beautiful,” we also understand, like you, that “our legacy is now.”

Please support the Winter Institute today, and please consider a recurring contribution!

With my fondest thanks,

Portia Ballard Espy


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Winter Institute Remembers Victim of Lynching, William McGregory, with Soil Collection

This past November, the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation honored William McGregory with a soil collection in Lafayette County, Mississippi, to commemorate the 130th anniversary of his lynching. The soil collection took place near Orwood, Mississippi, on the family land of Effie Burt, one of the steering committee members for the ongoing lynching memorialization project the Winter Institute facilitates there.

Racial terror lynchings claimed the lives of thousands of African Americans in the period between the US Civil War and World War II. These murders, which were largely tolerated by white state and federal officials, created a real sense of terror among Black communities throughout the US, but especially in the Deep South. Mississippi had the highest number of lynchings of any state. This form of domestic terrorism also materially impacted Black families through lost land and wealth, and many lost connections to family and community. Not only were innocent people brutally murdered, but often their family members and friends had to flee for their own safety.

The significance of a soil collection

The Winter Institute partners with the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), a legal justice and human rights advocacy organization based in Montgomery AL. EJI is the convener of the Community Remembrance Project, a campaign to educate about the history of racial terror lynching and to recognize victims of lynching. One of the components of the project is soil collection, where individuals and groups collect dirt from the site of a lynching or as close as can be determined with limited primary sources of documentation. Groups gather to share the victim’s story, often creating a ceremony through song, prayer, readings, or other forms of remembrance. Community members take turns scooping soil and putting it into one of two jars embossed with the victim’s name and the date and general location of the lynching –one jar for the local community, and one for EJI to add to their collection.

EJI has created a public display of the jars at their companion museum and memorial in Montgomery, the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, which is dedicated to the memory of thousands of people killed by lynching in the US. The acts of remembrance during a soil collection ceremony, along with the visual impact of the jars displayed publicly, call on the nation to reflect more seriously and thoughtfully about the era of racial terrorism.

William McGregory’s Story

On November 13, 1890, a mob of white men lynched a Black man named William McGregory in Lafayette County. EJI compiled an account of the lynching based on available newspapers and historical documents:

“Earlier that day, a white woman reported that a Black man ‘ordered her to halt’ and followed her while she was riding home on horseback. Based on this interaction, the white woman made public allegations that the man had tried to assault her and suspicion was focused on William McGregory, who was subsequently taken by citizens into custody for a sham trial before the magistrate. …

While Mr. McGregory was before the magistrate, he had not been convicted of any crime when a mob of white men interrupted his trial and seized him from the proceedings. It was not uncommon during this era for lynch mobs to seize their victims from jails, prisons, courtrooms, or out of police custody. The mob abducted Mr. McGregory from the proceedings, shot him repeatedly, and killed him, riddling his body with bullets. Tragically, little attention was given to documenting what happened to Mr. McGregory’s body or his family following the lynching, or what happened to the individuals who lynched him. There are no records to suggest that participants in the mob were ever held accountable for the death of Mr. McGregory. …

William McGregory is one of at least 654 documented African American victims of racial terror lynching killed in Mississippi between 1877 and 1950, and one of 7 documented victims in Lafayette County.”

Winter Institute’s Partnership with the Equal Justice Initiative 

The Winter Institute began the partnership with EJI in 2017, after a visit by Kyleen Burke, then a law student  from Northeastern Law’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project who was researching the last documented victim of lynching in Lafayette County, Elwood Higginbottom. Burke had completed a deep dive of research on Mr. Higginbottom and contacted April Grayson at the Winter Institute, asking if anyone would be interested in learning more about his story. 

The Institute hosted Burke for a public presentation, which inspired the formation of a local memorialization movement in Lafayette County, supported by the Winter Institute. This led to a relationship with Mr. Higginbottom’s descendants, based in Memphis, including Rev. EW Higginbottom, who had been four years old at the time his father was lynched in Oxford in 1935. 

From there, the Winter Institute reached out to EJI because of the Alabama-based group’s leadership on justice and lynching history commemoration. The Lafayette County group held its first soil collection in March 2018, followed by the placement of an historical marker sponsored by EJI in October of that year.

The Lynching Memorialization in Lafayette County group is currently working to place a marker to all seven local victims of lynching on the Oxford Square, with the goal of unveiling it sometime in 2021.

[Source: In Remembrance: Lynching in America, The EJI Soil Collection Project Mississippi] 

The William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation envisions a world where people honestly engage in their history in order to live more truthfully in the present, where people of all identities are treated equally, and where healing and reconciliation are commonplace and social justice is upheld and honored.


Delta Business Journal Cover Story Highlights Bill Bynum’s Career of Service

The November 2020 cover story in the Delta Business Journal opens: “Bill Bynum has done a lot of good in his career.”  It goes on to highlight his tenure as CEO of HOPE and service to many other organizations, including roles on the board at Aspen Institute, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Prosperity Now, and the Winter Institute.

Mr. Bynum tells the Journal: “I came to realize that economic opportunities could have more of a lasting impact on society’s well-being and so I made the decision to continue trying to increase and enlarge the scope of such opportunities for people who needed them.”

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Panel Discussion at Virtual Crossroads 2020: Let the People Decide

Stream our panel discussion
in response to Let the People Decide,
a film by Gavin Guerra

Join us virtually on demand for a dialogue about voting: history, changes, and how more Mississippians can get and exercise the right to vote.


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$8 for Students, Seniors 65+
Includes screening of Let the People Decide

Meet the Panelists

Dr. Stephanie Rolph is Associate Professor in the history department at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi.

Dr. Rolph earned her PhD from Mississippi State University in 2009, and her work focuses on white resistance to civil rights, especially connections between Deep South segregationists and conservative/Radical Right allies across the country and world. Her first book, Resisting Equality: The Citizens’ Council, 1954-1989, is a new examination of one of the most widely known resistance organizations during the civil rights movement.

Rev. C. J. Rhodes is the Pastor of Mt Helm Baptist Church. He is the youngest pastor to serve Jackson’s oldest black congregation. He is also the Director of Religious and Spiritual Life at Alcorn State University and is the host of the C.J. Rhodes Show, airing on WRBJ 97.7 FM.

Dr. Rhodes is the Founder and President of Clergy for Prison Reform, Public Theologian in Residence for The AND Campaign, and the author of two books. He is the blessed husband of Allison, and together they are committed parents of twin sons.

Dr. Marty Wiseman is Director Emeritus of the John C. Stennis Institute of Government and Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Public Administration at Mississippi State University. He received his PhD in 1986, his MPPA in 1980, his MS in 1974, and his BA in 1973, all awarded from Mississippi State University. In addition to his duties at Mississippi State, Dr. Wiseman is a guest professor at Jackson State University.

Nsombi Lambright is Executive Director of One Voice. She joined the One Voice staff in May 2012 after an 8-year term as Executive Director of the ACLU of MS. Ms. Lambright led the ACLU’s work to end the school to prison pipeline, addressing sentencing disparities in addition to a number of other Constitutional issues.

Ms. Lambright earned her B.A. in English and Journalism from Tougaloo College and a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from Jackson State University. She is a board member of the Center for Constitutional Rights, the Mississippi Veteran’s of the Civil Rights Movement and the New World Foundation. She is the proud mother of one son.


Von Gordon is the Youth Engagement Manager for The Winter Institute, where he develops and coordinates youth programs. He attended the University of Mississippi, where he was a student leader and helped organize the first Statewide Student Summit on Race. He served as a founding board member of The Winter Institute and the only student representative.

Von is the married father of three, and he is passionate about equipping youth to build stronger communities through education, empowerment, and racial healing.

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Renaissance Magazine: Let’s Support One Another

This article by Executive Director Portia Espy originally appeared in Renaissance: The Magazine, a publication produced by the Fondren Renaissance Foundation.

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We’re certainly at what appears to be a tipping point in America and abroad, sparked by the death of an African American man by the name of George Floyd. I long for the days when this 400-year-old narrative of death, intimidation, and injustice ceases.

I’ve heard these stories all my life. I listened to the stories as a young child, often told in hushed tones spoken by well-meaning adults who thought I was not within earshot. They wanted me to hold on to my childhood innocence as long as possible. Still, at a young age, I had to learn about the ugly legacy of race in this country and its impact not only within my community but within my own family.

It’s essential always, but especially during this time, for communities to come together to identify the things that are causing us harm, determine a way to eliminate the issues that divide us, and seek a pathway towards healing and wholeness. With tensions running high in our communities due to the deadly impact and social isolation caused by COVID-19, the Winter Institute has received many calls from community members from all walks of life asking: What can we do? How can we come together, and what does that look like?

There are several things we can do to support one another:

  1. Form a dialogue circle to include those within your life, but even better, invite someone who’s not in your usual social circle and who does not look like you. Keeping social distancing in mind, you can conduct a dialogue circle in person with no more than ten people, or you can create a virtual circle using ZOOM. If you don’t feel that you’re ready to host a circle, join a circle like the ones that we have coming up soon (see information below). We suggest that a set of ground rules be established to help create a safe and positive space for such sessions. Our organization has created and uses what we call our “Guideposts” during each session.
  2. Get to know someone who you perceive to be different from you. Engage in an exercise where you recognize your differences, learn about them, and then identify those things that you have in common. Learn from one another how you define being in community with one another. Over time, invite other individuals to join you.
  3. Explore the many resources available to you. There is a plethora of resources easily available with just a quick internet search. Some of our favorites are included below.
  4. Visit our website at While you’re there, sign up for our newsletters, learn more about our offerings, and donate.

We each can positively support one another and be the change we want to see in our communities and the world.


General Call – Open To All
Tuesday, June 9, 5:30-7:00 pm CDT – Facilitated by the Winter Institute’s Community & Capacity Building Team

Single-Identity Call: An Invitation to Black people who need a space to talk
Wednesday, June 10, noon – 1:30 pm CDT – Facilitated by Jackie Byrd Martin (Community & Capacity Building Coordinator) and Vondaris Gordon (Youth Engagement Manager)

Single-Identity Call: An Invitation to White people who want to be better allies in the work for racial justice
Thursday, June 11, noon – 1:30 pm CDT – Facilitated by April Grayson (Community & Capacity Building Director) and Jennifer Heath (Community & Capacity Building Coordinator)

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In Celebration of Women’s History Month 2020

To celebrate Women’s History Month, the William Winter Institute is working with other organizations to commemorate the 100 years of women’s sufferage and to lift up women and organizations who continue to do important work.

by Portia Espy

University of Mississippi Summit on Women and Civic Engagement - William Winter InstituteMarch is Women’s History Month, and this year marks a particularly important milestone: the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. We are working in tandem with other groups in Mississippi to commemorate the anniversary this year while staying mindful of the remaining barriers that kept many women from exercising their full democratic rights, then and now.

Congress approved the 19th Amendment in June 1919, and it was submitted to the states for ratification. Tennessee became the 36th state to adopt the amendment in August 1920, enshrining it in the Constitution.

Women’s suffrage is often remembered as part of the same historical arc as voting rights for African Americans, but the two causes often found themselves at odds. Women’s suffragists were active in the abolition movement, but they splintered on the issue of the 15th Amendment, which enfranchised black men but excluded women of all races. Here in Mississippi, the white men who wrote the state’s 1890 Constitution tried to exploit the division. They debated whether to grant voting rights to white women as a means of further suppressing black political power. It failed in committee by a single vote.

The margin was more lopsided when the state House of Representatives took up the 19th Amendment in March 1920. They rejected women’s suffrage 106 to 25. It was not called up for another vote until March 22, 1984, after it had been approved by every other state in the country. This time it passed unanimously, putting Mississippi on the right side of history, albeit 64 years late.

For black women like Fannie Lou Hamer, who was jailed and beaten for attempting to register to vote, the 19th Amendment had little effect until the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Nationally, only 25 percent of black women gained access to the ballot after 1920, and virtually none in Mississippi. Another March anniversary — the beating of civil rights marchers in Selma, Alabama, on Bloody Sunday, March 7, 1965 — reminds us of the price that was paid to fulfill the Constitution’s promises.

Unfortunately, women’s access to the ballot box has not guaranteed access to the halls of power. Women make up 52 percent of Mississippi’s population but only 14 percent of its lawmakers, the least of any state legislature in the country. Mississippi also happens to be the only state without an equal pay law on its books. Mississippi’s women are disproportionately burdened by inadequate child care and family leave policies, and the state’s maternal mortality rates are among the highest in the developed world.

Despite these challenges, we are encouraged at the work taking place in the state to empower women in their communities and the Capitol. On February 19, our Director of Community and Capacity Building April Grayson participated in the University of Mississippi Summit on Women and Civic Engagement, which brought together an impressive group of women to discuss activism taking place on the local and state level.

April, along with team members Jackie Byrd Martin and Jake McGraw, also recently had the privilege of working with the inaugural Women’s Policy Institute, a fellowship organized by the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi to equip women from across the state with tools to advocate for state-level policy changes to improve women’s health and economic security.

This Women’s History Month, please join us in reflecting upon the progress women have made in the past century, and in lifting up the women who are leading the work that remains to be done.

Reflections on the 2020 National Day of Racial Healing

The National Day of Racial Healing in 2020 offered an opportunity to discuss racial healing and equity on a special day of observation and discussion. Executive Director Portia Espy reflects on the event and its impact.

by Portia Espy

On Tuesday, January 21, 2020, the Winter Institute hosted approximately 200 students, partners, and community members at the Two Mississippi Museums in Jackson for a day of conversation, performance, and film. Our event was one of many taking place across the country in observance of the fourth-annual National Day of Racial Healing. We’re delighted that so many of our supporters and partners were able to join us in person. If you were not able to make it, don’t worry ­– you can watch the replay of each of the day’s sessions on our Facebook page.

The National Day of Racial Healing was inaugurated in 2017 by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which defines racial healing as “a process that restores individuals and communities to wholeness, repairs the damage caused by racism and transforms societal structures into ones that affirm the inherent value of all people.” We know from experience that the common humanity which binds us together also makes the healing process complex and messy – we’re all human, after all. Over the course of the afternoon and evening, we were able to hear the experience and ideas of leaders, thinkers, and practitioners who are working to foster healing in their communities and beyond.

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First Panel: Exploring the Importance of Racial Healing

The first panel explored the importance of racial healing and equity, particularly in the Deep South, and the roles each of us have to play in the process. Mississippi Public Broadcasting host Karen Brown moderated the conversation among Mitch Landrieu, former mayor of New Orleans and founder of E Pluribus Unum; Dr. Otis Pickett, professor of history at Mississippi College; Rev. Dr. Jason Coker, field coordinator for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Mississippi; and Dr. Rhea Williams-Bishop, the director of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Mississippi and New Orleans programming. (Watch the panel here.)

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Second Panel: Education and Racial Healing

The second panel focused specifically on the role of education — both inside and outside the classroom – in the racial healing process. Youth Engagement Lead Von Gordon moderated the discussion among Dr. Jodi Skipper from the University of Mississippi; Dr. Daphne Chamberlain from Tougaloo College; Lorena Quiroz-Lewis, an organizer with the Industrial Areas Foundation; and David Rae Morris, a photographer and filmmaker. (Watch the panel here.)

Our board chair, Bill Bynum, the CEO of HOPE, offered closing remarks to round out the afternoon session.

The evening session began with a screening of the HBO documentary True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality, which spotlights the work of the Equal Justice Initiative as a lens on systemic racism of the past and present.

After the film, EJI’s Deputy Director of Community Education Kiara Boone joined our Director of Community & Capacity Building April Grayson for a conversation about the importance of publicly memorializing and reckoning with the legacy of lynching. (Watch the film here and discussion here.)

Students from Jackson State University - Day of Racial Healing - William Winter InstituteBut perhaps the highlights of the day showcased several of Jackson’s most talented actors and singers. The cast of New Stage Theatre’s original production If Not Us, Then Who?: Freedom Rides to Freedom Summer performed a scene from the show, and Jackson State University’s award-winning performance troupe MADDRAMA treated us to their unique blend of music, dance, and poetry. Pam Confer closed the evening on a high note with a rendition of her original ballad, “Mississippi Beautiful.”

Thank you to everyone who gave their time and support to make the day a meaningful experience.

We hope to see you at one of the Institute’s future events, so please keep up with us on social media and at for announcements.

MPB: Hundreds Participate in Mississippi Programming for 4th Annual National Day of Racial Healing

We are grateful to MPB’s Karen Brown for moderating a panel at the National Day of Racial Healing event.

Hundreds participated in the event held at the Two Museums event in downtown Jackson.

Karen moderated a panel that included Rhea Williams-Bishop, director of Mississippi and Louisiana programs of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation; and Otis Pickett, professor of history at Mississippi College. Also on the panel was Mitch Landrieu, former mayor of New Orleans and founder of E Pluribus Unum.

Williams-Bishop and Pickett agreed that Mississippians can get past the hurdles of talking about racial healing. 

The first step is finding common ground between black and white Mississippians, Williams-Bishop said. “The second point is acknowledging the truth of past wrongs, and then working to build authentic relationships and understanding.”

Those are the foundational steps for talking about racial issues, she said.  “Until we get to more truth-telling, more confronting a lot of the trauma that has transpired over the years for black, white people and native people. We won’t get to healing, we can’t get to healing.”

Though distrust from both sides can be a challenge, Pickett said those hurdles can be overcome by doing something as simple as inviting someone to the Civil Rights Museum to discuss the state’s history. 

“Do it in a way where you’re not putting someone on the defensive, where they feel open and safe with you,” Pickett advised. “If we really want to see hearts change, I think sitting down with folks and being willing to walk through that record with them is good.”

Read and listen to the MPB report on the Day of Racial Healing here.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Commits $1 Million to William Winter Institute

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Commits $1 Million to Fund the William Winter Institute’s Racial Reconciliation Programs.

[JACKSON, Miss.] On the heels of its move to Mississippi’s capital city, the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation received a $1 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to foster community dialogue, encourage youth leadership and stimulate smart policy discussions across the state of Mississippi.

The overall goal of the William Winter Institute’s programming is to further racial reconciliation and end discrimination based on difference.

“Today, more than ever, it’s important that communities have the tools they need to help end division and discrimination,” said Portia Ballard Espy, executive director of the William Winter Institute. “By building relationships and engaging in our communities, we have the power to positively transform this state—and nation.”

The Winter Institute promotes a number of programs and tools aimed at fostering change:

“It is our goal to continue to serve Mississippi with this nationally recognized programming, while also developing best practices for forward-looking communities everywhere,” Espy said. “New funding from the Kellogg Foundation helps make that possible.”

Now headquartered in downtown Jackson, the William Winter Institute has also recently been recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.

Espy said that she, the staff and the board of directors continue to align with the original vision of the organization’s namesake, Governor William Winter, whose actions built on the idea that an informed citizenry would connect to the greater community, thus making smart choices for a future that benefits us all.

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About the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation: The William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation is a nonprofit organization originally formed in 1999 to work in communities, organizations, and classrooms, in Mississippi and beyond, to support a movement of equity and wholeness as a pathway to ending and transcending all division and discrimination based on difference. For more information, visit

About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation: The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life. The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit

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