Examining Systemic Racism Through Story

Ellen Ann Fentress

Dec 5, 2023 - 12:00 pm


About the Session

Writer, teacher, and journalist Ellen Ann Fentress will discuss her new memoir and her online truth-telling platform, Admissions. Through first-person stories shared by real Mississippians, Admissions documents the realities of systemic racism in the Southern schools starting from 1970-era integration. Her work raises much-needed conversations about the continued impact of Jim Crow laws at a time when the value of telling and learning from the past is under fire.

About the Presenter

Ellen Ann Fentress is a writer, teacher, and long-time journalist in Jackson, Miss. She currently teaches creative writing at the Mississippi University for Women. Her new book, The Steps We Take: A Memoir of Southern Reckoning, takes on her region’s history and her past.  Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Oxford American, Salvation South, The Bitter Southerner and Scalawag.


The views and opinions expressed in this webinar series are those of the presenters and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or positions of The Alluvial Collective. It is our goal to create spaces for a range of perspectives on the challenging issues facing our world today.

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