Mississippi Civil Rights Project

A resource for students and teachers

We compiled the Mississippi Civil Rights Project database 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 those like Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks, who dominate popular narratives. It is as important as it is interesting to unearth these local people and to preserve their stories.

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