Community Dialogue Handbook
Click here to download a PDF file of “We Are the People We Have Been Waiting For” community dialogue handbook.

Scholarship in Civil Rights and Social Justice
Civil Rights Information
Civil and Human Rights Timeline

Civil Rights in the Media
Note: Some websites require registration to retrieve news articles.
Racist taunts at Obama should worry us all, CNN, Aug. 8, 2013
Student ‘MHP’ guest on racial profiling, white privilege, MSNBC, Aug. 3, 2013
Trayvon Martin case: Evers, Till legacy comparison controversial,” Clarion-Ledger, July 17, 2013
Mississippi Organizations Respond to Verdict in Trayvon Martin Case” Mississippi Public Broadcasting, July 16, 2013
Attorney General Eric Holder Addresses the Delta Sigma Theta National Convention Social Action Luncheon,, July 15, 2013
Has ‘Caucasian’ Lost Its Meaning?” New York Times, July 7, 2013

Medgar Evers and the Origin of the Civil Rights Movement
Medgar Evers Timeline

Suggested Reading
Glowing reviews for new Civil Rights Reader, from UGA Press, sponsored by the Winter Institute; Order the book!
Click here to download a pdf document with a timeline of selected events during the Civil Rights Movement specific to Mississippi.
Click here to download a pdf file of suggested reading on the Civil Rights movement.

Books, Academic Classes, and Papers
The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader: ‘The Great Truth’ about The ‘Lost Cause,’” edited by James W. Loewen and Edward H. Sebesta, published by the University Press of Mississippi
The Other Side of Paradise: Glimpsing Slavery in the University’s Utopian Landscapes by Mark Auslander
Remembrance in Slavery’s Aftermath: A Day of Commemoration, Reflection, and Celebration, February 6, 2011 in Covington and Oxford, Newton County, Georgia
YouTube Overview of The Eyes of Willie McGee: A Tragedy of Race, Sex, and Secrets in the Jim Crow South by Alex Heard
The Past is Never Dead: The Trial of James Ford Seale and Mississippi’s Struggle for Redemption by Harry N. MacLean
“Restorative Justice and Public Education in Mississippi,” Taught by Rita and Bill Bender at the University of Mississippi in 2010: Course Flyer; Syllabus (both are PDFs); Powerpoint Presentation
Winter Institute Director Susan Glisson’s dissertation: “Neither Bedecked Nor Bebosomed: Lucy Mason, Ella Baker and Women’s Leadership and Organizing Strategies in the Struggle for Freedom
Hugh S. Whitaker’s 1963 FSU master’s thesis report: “A Case Study in Southern Justice: The Emmett Till Case”
Ellen Whitten’s paper on the original trial and the reopening of the Emmett Till case

Alliance for Truth and Racial Reconciliation
In 2005, a gathering of groups based in the Deep South met to talk about helping communities confront issues of racial violence and reconciliation. Representatives of The Birmingham Pledge, Southern Truth and Reconciliation, and the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation were present. Out of this meeting grew the desire to form a regional alliance, creating a network of organizations dedicated to similar ideals, who could serve local community needs throughout the South. This led to the March 2006 Southern Exposure conference, hosted by the three original groups at the University of Mississippi.

Click here to go to the Alliance for Truth and Racial Reconciliation website.

University of Mississippi Campus Collaborations/Initiatives

  • Associated Student Body
  • Athletics
  • Greek Affairs
  • Career Services
  • Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
  • Center for Writing and Rhetoric
  • Critical Race Studies Group
  • Conversations with University of Mississippi’s Greek-Lettered Organizations
  • EDHE 105
  • Human Resources
  • Lucky Day Scholars
  • Center for Inclusion and Cross-Cultural Engagement
  • The Ole Miss Experience
  • NAACP University of Mississippi Student Chapter
  • One Mississippi
  • Department of Social  Work
  • Student Affairs
  • Deans Office
  • Welcome Home (New employee orientations)
  • Orientation Leaders
  • UM Ambassadors
  • UM Orientation: Respect the M
  • Women and Gender Studies

Collaborations with Universities and Colleges Across the Country

  • Delta State University
  • University of Southern Mississippi
  • Northeast Community College
  • University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa
  • American University
  • University of Memphis
  • Tulane
  • University of Montevallo
  • Colgate University
  • Bowdoin College
  • Fort Lewis College
  • Oakwood University

Professional Organizations Associated with Higher Education

  • Memphis Veterans Hospital
  • Teach For America
  • Americorps
  • Alabama Possible
  • Institute for Southern Jewish Life
  • MACE

Did you know that civil/human rights is a mandatory strand within the Mississippi social studies framework for ALL K-12 classrooms? As stated in the code, “This education should lead learners to understand and appreciate issues such as social justice, power relations, diversity, mutual respect, and civic engagement. Students should acquire a working knowledge of tactics engaged by civil rights activists to achieve social change.

Among these are: demonstrations, resistance, organizing, and collective action/unity. The content was incorporated as a content strand throughout the entire K – 12 framework at the recommendation of the Mississippi Civil Rights Education Commission.”

In 2006, the Winter Institute spearheaded passage of Miss. Senate Bill 2718. The only bill of its kind in the U.S., this legislation created the Mississippi Civil Rights Education Commission, of which the Winter Institute is a permanent member. The commission is charged with implementing civil rights and human rights education as part of the state’s K-12 curriculum. View the Mississippi Department of Education’s 2011 social studies framework, which incorporates civil rights and human rights education as mandated by the state, here. (This PDF document requires Adobe Reader to access.)

Is your school teaching this framework? Are you a teacher and would like to be trained in the framework or provided new resources for it? Are you a community member who would like to support your local school in implementing the framework? The commission can help! Let us know by emailing us at

Commission Members:
Dr. Rico Chapman
Dr. Daphne R. Chamberlain
Dr. Wilma Clopton
Dr. Roy DeBerry
Dr. Cedric Ellis
Dr. Susan M. Glisson, Chair
Dr. Eddie Aaron Holloway
Melissa Janczewski Jones
Dr. Leslie Burl Mclemore
Dr. Minion Kenneth Chauncey “KC” Morrison
Michael S. Mott
Dr. Ollye L. Brown Shirley, Vice-chair
James G. Thomas, Jr.
Doretha Wiley
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Sustainability Conference Series
Redefining the Welcome Table: Inclusion and Exclusion in American Foodways
Rethinking Mass Incarceration in the South (2016)
International Conference on Race
Mississippi Politics Symposium
Opens Doors Commemoration

Annual Civil Rights Education Summit for Teachers
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McComb, Mississippi (2006)
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Deepa Iyer
Ford Fellow, former head of SAALT, and author of We Too Sing America (Spring 2016)

Judge Carlton Reeves

Rita Bender
“The Legacy of Slavery”

C.C. Bryant
Bryant was a Civil Rights leader in southwest Mississippi. He was born in Tylertown and served as the president of the McComb Chapter of the NAACP for over 33 years. In 1961, he organized a voter registration drive in southwest Mississippi in association with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Bryant’s home and place of work were both bombed in the early 60s in retaliation for his committed civil rights work. He was active in the religious community, serving as Deacon Emeritus at Society Hill Missionary Baptist Church.

Rev. Will D. Campbell
Rev. Will D. Campbell, a Baptist minister, was a prominent white supporter of civil rights and integration. In 1954, he served as director of religious life on the University of Mississippi campus but resigned in 1956 due to hostility against his pro-integration views. He began working for the National Council of Churches, an ecumenical faith group that opposed segregation. In 1957, he served as an escort for the Little Rock Nine, the first black students to attend Little Rock Central High. He was the only white person present for Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1957 founding of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Leroy Clemons
Leroy Clemons, a native of Philadelphia, MS, is co-founder and president of the Philadelphia Coalition. The organization was founded in 2004 to commemorate the three slain civil rights workers in the 1964 Freedom Summer. He now works with the William Winter Institute and helped to plan Mississippi’s first mandatory civil rights education curriculum.

Myrlie Evers-Williams
Myrlie Evers-Williams worked to end segregation in the South during the 50s and 60s. Along with her husband Medgar Evers, she organized voter registration drives and fought against segregation. Later in life, she was elected national chairwoman of the NAACP and gave the invocation speech at the second inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Rose Flenorl
Rose Flenorl was the first black woman to be awarded the honor of being on the Student Hall of Fame at the University of Mississippi. She currently serves as Manager of Social Responsibility at FedEx, directing corporate funds to maintain diversity and aid with disaster relief and environmental sustainability.

Dr. John Hope Franklin
Dr. John Hope Franklin, born in Oklahoma in 1915, was an historian who pioneered the field of African-American Studies. He was also involved in the legal teams for several significant civil rights cases, including Brown v. Board of Education. Franklin’s most famous work, From Slavery to Freedom, remains the preeminent source on the history of black people in the United States.

Lawrence Guyot
An alumnus of Tougaloo College, Lawrence Guyot was a SNCC field secretary working throughout Mississippi on voter education and registration. Guyot was the founding chairman of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party in 1964. He remained a civil rights activist, working tirelessly to empower young people, until he died on November 23, 2012.

Stanley Hauerwas
Stanley Hauerwas is a theologian and public intellectual of the post-liberal movement. He has written a number of books about theology and ethics and was voted “America’s Best Theologian” by Time Magazine.

Rev. James Lawson
Born in Pennsylvania and raised in Ohio, Reverend James Lawson was a strong advocate for and teacher of nonviolent resistance during the Civil Rights Movement, training many young activists, including Diane Nash and John Lewis. He organized sit-ins in Nashville in 1960, encouraged Nashville students to continue the Freedom Ride when it was held up in Birmingham, and led the strike committee for sanitation workers in Memphis in 1968. In 1974, Lawson moved to Los Angeles where he served as a pastor for 25 years and continues to be involved in human rights campaigns.

Charles McDew
Ohio-native Charles McDew began his activism in the 8th grade when he organized a protest against discrimination against Amish students in his hometown. During his time at South Carolina State College, he became involved in the sit-ins at local lunch counters and in the founding of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, of which he served as chairperson from 1961-1964. Charles McDew continues to teach, speak, and organize on behalf of human rights movements across the country.

Frank Mitchener

Mark Shields

Alice Walker
Alice Walker, born in Putnam County, Georgia, is a prolific, critically-acclaimed writer and lifelong human rights activist. When she returned to the South after attending Sarah Lawrence College, she participated in voter registration efforts in Georgia and Mississippi in the mid-1960s. In recent years, she has actively protested the military actions of the United States and has been involved in relief efforts in the Middle East.

Gov. William F. Winter
A native of Grenada, Mississippi, Governor William F. Winter has made his name as a politician and public servant in his homestate. Before he was elected governor in 1979, he served as State Treasurer then Lieutenant Governor. Throughout his career, he has used his positions and influence to advocate for public education and racial reconciliation.

Annual Civil Rights Education Summits for Teachers
Dr. John Hope Franklin (keynote)

Jennifer Abraham

Nancy Bercaw

Margaret Block

Lecia Brooks

Meaghin Burke

James T. Campbell

Leroy Clemons

Joseph Crespino

Toby Daspit

Fenton Deweese

William Dickerson–Waheed

Britt Dickens

Maggie Nolan Donovan
During the Civil Rights Movement, Maggie Nolan Donovan was a member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and worked primarily to fight racism in the Northeast. Maggie says that teaching the movement is what she consider her life’s work.

Charles M. Dunagin
After working at the newspaper for 37 years, Charles M. Dunagin retired as Editor and Publisher of the McComb Enterprise-Journal in December 2000. He is president of the McComb School Board and has served on the Board of Directors of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association, as well as a mentor in the McComb Public Schools.

Annette Hollowell

Peggy Jeanes
Peggy Jeanes was the editor of Mississippi History Now and was awarded the 2004 Chair Award for outstanding achievement in the humanities, by the Mississippi Humanities Council. Also, she was an editor and writer for Entergy Corporation in Jackson and New Orleans. She was employed for 10 years at Harper & Row Publishers.

Henry Johnson

Annie Johnston
Annie Johnston graduated from Ohio University and Tulane University Law School. In May 2009, Johnston worked as an intern for World Organization for Human Rights USA in Washington, DC. She now works for the Immigration and Refugee Services Department of Catholic Charities.

Jennifer Jones–Clark
Jennifer Jones-Clark is the Associate Program Director for the New England Office of Facing History and Ourselves. She designs and facilitates social justice workshops, institutes, and other professional development programs for educators, students, corporations, and community organizations throughout the United States and internationally. She has a Master’s degree in Secondary Education and has used the degree to become a middle and high school teacher and university professor in both the United States and Japan.

Sarah Kreckel
Sarah Kreckel is the Curriculum Writer with the Choices Program and a Research Associate at the Watson Institute for International Studies. Before she joined Choices in 2002, she was a project coordinator and teacher for a college awareness program in Boston Public Schools.

Adrienne Kupper
Adrienne Kupper is a graduate of New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education. She is now the Director of Partnerships for iMentor Interactive. She has worked with both students and teachers and has worked for several theatre and media companies, including The New Victory Theater, Blue Heron Arts Center, and No Limits Theatre Group. She is now pursuing a Master’s degree in Information Design and Technology from the State University of New York Institute of Technology.

James Loewen

Jaesa McLin

Deborah Menkart

Andy Mink

Jeff Mitchell

Georgette Norman

Deborah Duncan Owens

LeeAnn Rasmussen

Amanda Ringer

Ilanna Sabban

Jeff Sapp

Karla Smith

Lillie Gayle Smith

Priscilla Smith

Jennifer Stollman

Alex Thomas

Jenice View

Katie Lofton Wallace

Hollis Watkins

Michael R. Wenger

Nan Woodruff

Colleen Doyle Worrell
Colleen Doyle Worrell has more than 6 years of teaching experience at the college and graduate levels and 5 years of experience at the high school level. She is committed to education, social justice, and activism.

The Mississippi Politics Symposium
Jack Bass
Jack Bass is an author of eight nonfiction books about the American South. He focuses on Southern politics, race relations, and the role of law in shaping the civil rights era. He is the Professor Emeritus of Humanities and Social Sciences at the College of Charleston.

Rita Bender

Hodding Carter III

Charles Cobb

Mary Coleman

John Dittmer

Susan Glisson

Rep. Philip Gunn (R-Clinton)

Lawrence Guyot

Robert Haws

Clarke Reed

Leslie McLemore
Leslie McLemore attended Rust College, where he first became seriously involved in the civil rights movement. McLemore participated in a boycott of a theatre in Holly Springs because they would not allow blacks to sit in the downstairs section. He later became involved with the NAACP and SNCC. McLemore served as northern regional coordinator for the Freedom Vote campaign in 1963 and founding president of the Rust College chapter of the NAACP.

Sen. Gray Tollison
Senator Gray Tollison is a graduate of Oxford High School, Rhodes College and the University of Mississippi School of Law. Tollison is a Republican member of the Mississippi Senate and has been representing District 9 since 1996 January 2012. Tollison was appointed Chairman of the Senate Education Committee in January 2012.

International Conference on Race: Racial Reconciliation
Rev. James Lawson (keynote)

Nicholas Katzenbach

Michael Levine

Busani Mpofu

Mrunalini Thyagarajan

Gerald Yutrzenka
Gerald Yutrzenka is a medical professor and Director of Minority Affairs at the University of South Dakota. He conducts research on health disparities experienced by minorities.

Open Doors Commemoration
Myrlie Evers-Williams (keynote)

Judge Constance Baker-Motley

Judge Neal Biggers

William Doyle

Henry Gallagher
Henry Gallagher was deployed with a New Jersey military police battalion to the University of Mississippi in preparation for James Meredith’s enrollment. Following the riot on September 30, Gallagher was assigned to organize Meredith’s personal security detail. Gallagher shares his experiences from that time in his 2012 book, James Meredith and the Ole Miss Riot: A Soldier’s Story.

Bishop Duncan Gray
Bishop Duncan Gray Jr., from Canton, Mississippi, has been a leader in the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi since his ordination in 1953. He was a rector at St. Peter’s in Oxford, Mississippi, at the time of the integration riot at the University of Mississippi in 1962, during which he attempted to calm the mob. Throughout his career, he has been a passionate and vocal advocate for the deconstruction of racism.

Sidna Brower Mitchell
Sidna Brower Mitchell was the editor-in-chief of the Daily Mississippian, the student newspaper at the University of Mississippi, at the time of James Meredith’s enrollment at the university. She published an article, “Violence will not help,” which earned her great criticism from many of her peers but also great praise from the national journalism community.

Charles Moore

James Symington

Curtis Wilkie

Educational Resources
Relevant and Recent Scholarship/Media
Scholarship by Historian Charles Dollar,PhD
Florence Mars Article
White Mississippi Baptist Ministers Who Helped Crack the Walls of The “Closed Society”: 1955 – 1968
Claude Ramsay: A Visionary and Catalyst for Social and Political Change in Mississippi, 1960 – 1986[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Scholarship in Civil Rights and Social Justice
Civil Rights Information
Civil and Human Rights Timeline

Civil Rights in the Media
Note: Some websites require registration to retrieve news articles.
Racist taunts at Obama should worry us all, CNN, Aug. 8, 2013
Student ‘MHP’ guest on racial profiling, white privilege, MSNBC, Aug. 3, 2013
Trayvon Martin case: Evers, Till legacy comparison controversial,” Clarion-Ledger, July 17, 2013
Mississippi Organizations Respond to Verdict in Trayvon Martin Case” Mississippi Public Broadcasting, July 16, 2013
Attorney General Eric Holder Addresses the Delta Sigma Theta National Convention Social Action Luncheon,, July 15, 2013
Has ‘Caucasian’ Lost Its Meaning?” New York Times, July 7, 2013

Medgar Evers and the Origin of the Civil Rights Movement
Medgar Evers Timeline

Suggested Reading
Glowing reviews for new Civil Rights Reader, from UGA Press, sponsored by the Winter Institute; Order the book!
Click here to download a pdf document with a timeline of selected events during the Civil Rights Movement specific to Mississippi.
Click here to download a pdf file of suggested reading on the Civil Rights movement.

Books, Academic Classes, and Papers
The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader: ‘The Great Truth’ about The ‘Lost Cause,’” edited by James W. Loewen and Edward H. Sebesta, published by the University Press of Mississippi
The Other Side of Paradise: Glimpsing Slavery in the University’s Utopian Landscapes by Mark Auslander
Remembrance in Slavery’s Aftermath: A Day of Commemoration, Reflection, and Celebration, February 6, 2011 in Covington and Oxford, Newton County, Georgia
YouTube Overview of The Eyes of Willie McGee: A Tragedy of Race, Sex, and Secrets in the Jim Crow South by Alex Heard
The Past is Never Dead: The Trial of James Ford Seale and Mississippi’s Struggle for Redemption by Harry N. MacLean
“Restorative Justice and Public Education in Mississippi,” Taught by Rita and Bill Bender at the University of Mississippi in 2010: Course Flyer; Syllabus (both are PDFs); Powerpoint Presentation
Winter Institute Director Susan Glisson’s dissertation: “Neither Bedecked Nor Bebosomed: Lucy Mason, Ella Baker and Women’s Leadership and Organizing Strategies in the Struggle for Freedom
Hugh S. Whitaker’s 1963 FSU master’s thesis report: “A Case Study in Southern Justice: The Emmett Till Case”
Ellen Whitten’s paper on the original trial and the reopening of the Emmett Till case

Global Youth Initiative
Through vital and deepening relationships with international partners, the Winter Institute is able to expose Mississippi youth to communities far beyond their home state.

Through our relationship with Youth Link, in Northern Ireland, they learn conflict resolution practices and the complicated seeds from which conflict grows; with our friends at the Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services, in Hawaii, they learn about promoting health by sharing food and laughter, celebrating elders and children, dancing, planting, and remembering what makes a community.

Initial contact among youth partners reveals to them that, despite the idea that their local problem or problems are unique, their overseas peers are experiencing very similar obstacles; conversely, they learn that potential solutions to these problems are, across oceans and time zones, also similar. This fledgling process has grown from developing relationships to collecting and sharing oral histories.

One Mississippi is a student group devoted to monitoring race relations on campus and championing the enfranchisement of minority students. Its goals are threefold: to provide an open space for students, staff, and faculty to voice their concerns and experiences; to ensure that the campus is having vital conversations about race; and to promote, through events, seminars, and close contact with both student government and campus administration, the inclusion and equality of students of all races. Visit our Facebook page.

One Mississippi helped initiate and organize the “We are One Mississippi Candlelight Walk” that gathered in front of the University of Mississippi Lyceum on November 8th, in response to the racially-fueled election night protests. The assembled crowd, numbering more than 700 people from all around the state, affirmed their commitment to racial equality and mutual respect at the University and in the state of Mississippi. The event drew national media attention and was covered by such news outlets as the New York Times, Huffington Post, the Washington Post, MSN, and the New York Daily News.

One Mississippi hosted semi-weekly meetings during the 2012-13 school year, which served both as a place for One Mississippi members to discuss group business and strategies and as a safe space for students to come together and have meaningful discussions about race relations on campus. We hosted several open discussions concerning the election night incident, the university’s response to said incident, and the campus climate in general. One event, a discussion of the proposition to change the “Mr. Ole Miss” title and the impact of racially charged symbols on campus, drew upwards of 60 students and several faculty members. One Mississippi also sponsors seminars and events on campus, one of which included a “Race 101” seminar hosted by a panel of faculty members.

Strategic Plan 2014
In April 2011, the staff and advisory board of the Winter Institute began the process of updating the strategic plan that had guided the Institute for the last five years. With Chancellor Dan Jones’ encouragement, we did so to build upon the Institute’s record of accomplishment by expanding and enhancing its work. We were determined to do so thoughtfully and carefully and by engaging as many voices as possible.

We intend this strategic planning process to address issues, questions, concerns and/or opportunities facing the organization over the next 3 to 5 years.

We created a process for engaging as many stakeholders as possible. The process included meetings with key leaders, more than 50 intensive interviews with stakeholders and an online survey sent out to more than 200 constituents. Based upon this stakeholder input and ten years of experience, we identified the following strategic directions:

Strategic Direction 1:
Establish and promote the core programs of the William Winter Institute.

Honest, equitable relationships are at the heart of each core Institute program. Through an increased field presence in Mississippi, we shall foster more opportunities to establish and build relationships with young people and community partners around the state. More communities shall have the opportunity to transform themselves through dialogue, relationship-building and unified action. On campus, the Institute shall collaborate with University departments to offer a minor in race and reconciliation, integrate excluded historical data into the academic curriculum, and develop orientation and fellows programs for professors and students from across Mississippi and beyond.

The two core programs are:

  1. The Welcome Table: An Era of Dialogue on Race
  2. The Summer Youth Institute

Strategic Direction 2:
Provide strategic support and, where appropriate, advocate for public policies that advance racial reconciliation in Mississippi and beyond.

Racial reconciliation is the basis for dialogue and action on issues that affect the quality of life for the people of a community, a region of the state or the entire state. The Institute shall support and partner with communities where those communities have determined that advocacy and community organizing can achieve meaningful social and economic justice reforms. Working with economic development partners, the Institute shall highlight the competitive advantage of racial equity and inclusion for the state’s business leaders and policymakers. Together, these “grassroots” and “grass tops” strategies shall enable racial reconciliation to address the structural barriers and systems based upon race. The Winter Institute will engage in local and state level policy work only at the request of and in support of the community as a whole. Once identified through community consensus, the Institute will work with community leaders, strategic institutional partners and political leaders to secure appropriate policies.

Strategic Direction 3:
Increase the long-term sustainability of the William Winter Institute through diversification and expansion of the funding base.

The Institute shall continue to pursue multiple streams of income and sources. This funding diversity provides a level of independence essential for maintaining the Institute’s ability to stay true to its values and mission. The Institute will continually present itself in a compelling way to a diverse set of investors as both grantee and expert. In response to our expertise, investors are more likely to provide larger, more substantial general support investments intended to increase sustainability. Ultimately, the Institute position itself to begin securing the major capital investors in order to begin establishing an endowment.

Strategic Direction 4:
Expand of the breadth (number) and capacity (skills, knowledge and expertise) of the Institute’s staff.

The Institute shall employ a high-performing staff team committed to the values, vision and mission. Each staff colleague will have a deep respect for the people and communities with whom the Institute partners. Each staff member will be a self-starter with the ability to multi-task. Together, the staff will become a learning community dedicated to expanding and sharing knowledge and skills with each other and the Institute’s ever-growing network of community partners and stakeholders. The staff will be grounded in and respective of community voice.

Strategic Direction 5:
Restructure the board to reflect and advance Institute’s vision, mission and strategic directions.

The Advisory Board shall consist of people who embrace, protect, and advance the values, vision and mission. By providing guidance and support to the executive director through committees, board meetings and individual tasks, the Advisory Board extends the reach of the Institute. Mississippi residents will hold the majority of the Advisory Board seats to maintain our focus on the geographic priority. Partners from various parts of the region, nation and the world will join our Mississippi representatives to bring their own invaluable knowledge and skills to the table. Together, the Advisory Board will become the Institute’s ambassadors to the community, students, youth, partners, businesses, government, funders, and the University.

There are important broad themes to note in terms of structural changes for the Institute based on this new strategic plan. Changes must be made in the advisory board, including reducing its size while increasing the clarity of focus in the roles of its members. Thanks to the growing area the Institute serves, we must amplify our virtual services through increasing the availability of tools and resources on more accessible web sites. We will focus 75% of our work in the state of Mississippi, working to deepen and broaden our service to communities, but we will also begin exploring regional, national and international work. Any work beyond Mississippi must bring ideas, resources, connections and support to enhance the primary work in the state.

Our work has also begun to shift towards including advocacy and public policy, within appropriately designated protocols, as well as to taking on a technical assistance role. Our goal is to prepare community leaders to address their own challenges through such assistance. This shift demands a deeper field presence to consistently provide support and assistance. To maximize the Institute’s overall effectiveness, we will focus increasingly on cross-training all staff in several key areas: training/management, organizing, fundraising. We will also offer this training to community leaders in order to strengthen the community’s abilities to accomplish its goals.

In order to develop the capacity to implement this plan, the Institute requires a high performing board, staff and community. We will develop appropriate training tools and modules, both high and low tech. The Institute will continue to emphasize support for continuing professional development for staff, orientation and training for all board members and technical assistance and training to community leaders.

Theory of Change
The Winter Institute works to create a movement of racial equity and wholeness as a pathway to ending all division and discrimination based on difference. We employ an interconnected process of open and honest communication, relationship-building, and truth-telling with youth and adults alike. This approach–which importantly happens in both communities and classrooms–helps to develop collaborative, knowledgeable leadership and community building skills to increase capacities for positive social change and to secure our linked prosperity. This process leads to evidence-based, community-driven advocacy and equitable policy reform.

Open Communication:
Community members from different groups learn both to create a space where it is safe to communicate, and to foster the skills to do so effectively, including deep listening, open and honest questioning, understanding, and the giving of respect.

Relationships and trust can be forged across racial, ethnic, class, intergenerational and cultural lines only after people learn to talk to each other.

Within a safe environment and in the context of trusting relationships, communities can begin to tell the truth about the legacies of racism and other structural systems of discrimination. Honesty about that history and its framing of our present circumstances is a prerequisite to creating effective restorative policies and systems change.

Based on trust and truth, communities can move forward to clearly assess the problems they face, and develop comprehensive plans to address them through collective action.

Equitable Policy Reform:
As communities identify areas in need of structural change, the Institute, in coalition with allies and in support of grassroots leadership, engages in community building, advocating for the change or abandonment of detrimental policies and creation of new policies that benefit the entire community.

Winter Institute Think Tank
Upon the successful gathering of practitioners and academics in equity and healing work in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 2011, the Winter Institute has created a permanent association of key leaders in their field to advise us on issues of discrimination based on difference.

The group gathered again in October, 2012, in Cape Town, South Africa, to consider three projects: the next phase of work for the Apartheid Archive Project; the creation of a progressive global response to increasing extremism around the world; and the development of a comprehensive evaluation model for community work that is grounded in the authentic experiences of leaders at the local level.

Marjeanna Burge, Academic Advisor at Tarrant County College, Comanche Nation tribal member

Puanani Burgess, Community Building Facilitator and Consultant

Terry Cross, Senior Advisor, National Indian Child Welfare Association, Seneca Nation tribal member

Dr. Norman Duncan, Vice-Principal: Academic at the University of Pretoria

Dr. Karen Fulbright-Anderson, Owner and CEO, The Elegant Vegan; Former Senior Fellow, Roundtable on Community Change, Aspen Institute

Dr. Anita Parrott George, Educational Consultant, Public Speaker, Facilitator and Workshop Leader

Dr. John J. Green, Professor of Sociology, University of Mississippi

Deepa Iyer, Senior Fellow at the Center for Social Inclusion

Kathy Ko Chin, President and CEO of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF)

Dawn Mahi, Program Officer at the Consuelo Foundation

Jim McDowell, Community Relations Training and Development Officer, Youth Link

Mee Moua, President and Executive Director of the Asian American Justice Center (AAJC)

John Peacock, Community Relations Manager, Youth Link

Dr. Holly Reynolds, Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, University of Mississippi

Dr. Marguerite Ro, Chief of the Assessment, Policy Development, and Evaluation Unit of Public Health – Seattle & King County

Ruben Solis Garcia, Founder, University Sin Fronteras

Dr. Garth Stevens, Associate Professor and Clinical Psychologist, University of the Witwatersrand

Adin Thayer, Adjunct Faculty at the Smith School for Social Work; Associate Director for the Graduate Certificate Program in Conflict Transformation Across Cultures, School for International Training in Vermont

Robin Toma, Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission

Estrus Tucker, Board member and facilitator, Center for Courage and Renewal

Taunuu Ve’e, REI Program Manager and Senior Advisor on Pacific Islander Affairs at the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF)

Sharon Verwoerd, Leader of Transforming Connections

Wilhelm Verwoerd, Cofounder of Journey Through Conflict and Beyond Walls

Rejane Williams, Lecturer, Wits Centre for Diversity Studies, University of the Witwatersrand

George Wu, Partner with the VENG Group

Dr. Allan Zinn, Director of the Centre for Advancement of Non-Racialism and Democracy (CANRAD), Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

WINTERnet Dispatch
November 15, 2016: Join Gov. Winter for dinner at chef John Currence’s house!

November 10, 2016: Exclusive National Civil Rights Museum video featuring Gov. Winter

November 4, 2016: Youth credits Gov. Winter with changing her life

October 18, 2016: William F. Winter to receive prestigious Freedom Award from National Civil Rights Museum

September 29, 2016: New York Law School requests critical training from Institute

September 22, 2016: Training educators on the Mississippi coast

August 12, 2016: A message of gratitude from our chairman emeritus, William F. Winter

July 8, 2016: WOW! SYI alumnus addresses 1,000 education leaders, meets Zuckerberg

July 1, 2016: Tackling Mississippi’s Brain Drain

May 19, 2016: Mothers “on both sides of the gun” march to stop violence

May 13, 2016: How to elevate the common good using civil rights

April 22, 2016: Institute overcomes potential misunderstanding, establishes fruitful partnership

April 7, 2016: Mississippi’s Future Leaders: The Summer Youth Institute’s 2016 Class

February 18, 2016: Happy birthday, Gov. Winter!

December 9, 2015: What We’re Reading in December 2015: Recommendations by Winter Institute staff

December 3, 2015: Winter Institute providing academic service to universities nationwide

November 12: Shelby Maynor’s plan to make a difference in Baldwyn and beyond

November 5, 2015: What We’re Reading in November 2015: Recommendations by Winter Institute staff

October 29, 2015: A Winter Institute intern, inspired by justice work, goes on to clerk for U.S. Supreme Court

October 20, 2015: UM, Mississippi, and the Winter Institute: A Wintern’s Perspective

October 15, 2015: UM students flag down inequality with NAACP help

October 14, 2015: Winter Institute Using Data to Assess, Promote Program Effectiveness

September 25, 2015: SYI Spotlight: Angella Osinde, Recoloring the Golden Triangle

September 11, 2015: Elise Winter’s book “Once in a Lifetime” benefits the Winter Institute

July 15, 2015: Winter Institute in Prominent Position as National Momentum Toward Change Builds

June 11, 2015: In Winter Institute’s “Why SYI?” video series, SYI alumni speak to the program’s lasting value

April 16, 2015: This SYI Alumna Got a Full Scholarship to the Air Force Academy; We’re Thrilled to Welcome Her Back As a Junior Mentor

April 9, 2015: William Winter Institute Announces Students Accepted to Sixth Annual Summer Youth Institute

March 24, 2015: An Inspiring Message from Vicksburg

December 10, 2014: A Song of Hope, Written and Recorded by Our Students

December 2, 2014: In New Orleans, the Welcome Table Evolves with a History Lesson

October 2, 2014: Institute Driving Race & Popular Culture Discussion on Campus

September 23, 2014: Documentary and Discussion Kick off Racial Reconciliation Week

September 4, 2014: Three Books We’re Reading Right Now

August 21, 2014: Institute Staff Contribute to Recently Published “The War on Poverty”

August 7, 2014: Institute’s Year-Round Youth Engagement Plan Promotes Growth of Future Mississippi Leaders

July 31, 2014: Institute Executive Director: This Is How to Create Positive Social Change

July 22, 2014: Civil Rights Program Brings Jackson State and Brandeis Students to Institute

July 17, 2014: Chancellor Dan Jones to Institute Executive Director: “Your job is to make me nervous”

July 15, 2014: Institute Partners with UMMC in First Race & Medicine Symposium

July 2, 2014: “Open Doors,” Video Archive of Oral Histories, Now Available to the Public

June 24, 2014: Guest from Mississippi First Motivates Students to Improve Their Schools

June 20, 2014: A Peek Into How the Winter Institute Is Creating Change Agents at SYI

June 17, 2014: South African Educators Visit Oxford to Learn, Collaborate

June 4, 2014: Welcome Table New Orleans Launches

June 2, 2014: SYI Turns Five This Year!

May 15, 2014: Winter Institute Academic Director Receives Unusual Summons

May 13, 2014: The Winter Institute Addresses Mississippi’s Inadequate Education Funding

May 6, 2014: A Story About Our Namesake and Inspiration, William Winter

April 2014: The Delta Youth Summit: Be an Upstander!

February 2014: WINTERnet Dispatch Inaugural Issue

Position Paper on Reconciliation
Position Statement on Reconciliation
A central dilemma in the work of racial reconciliation is that of language and how it is often unintentionally used to blur, divide, and polarize what are essentially similar efforts. Without working definitions of the seemingly familiar terms of “justice” and “reconciliation,” progress is hindered. As theologian Stanley Hauerwas agrees, “we literally lack the language to recognize ourselves across the divisions our history names.” The fixation on creating false stereotypes that marked the Jim Crow era—the effective “othering” of people of color—continues to haunt current efforts toward reconciliation. It is important to be transparent with our definition of terms, and mindful of their usage in the context of this work. It is not our aim to perpetuate the meaningless rhetoric that does little more than elevate high ideals with no basis in the everyday experience of individuals. Being mindful of this empty exercise in self-aggrandizement, the Institute seeks useful theoretical frameworks as well as partnerships with institutions and individuals who are interested in the process of restorative justice. Thus we have attempted to develop a working definition for what reconciliation encompasses on a practical level.

“Reconciliation” involves three ideas. First, it recognizes that racism in America is both systemic and institutionalized, with far-reaching effects on both political engagement and economic opportunities for minorities. Second, reconciliation is engendered by empowering local communities through relationship-building and truth-telling. Dialogue between individuals and groups that have been historically divided encourages action based on redressing historical wrongs. Lastly, justice is the essential component of the conciliatory process—justice that is best termed as restorative rather than retributive, while still maintaining its vital punitive character. (Restorative justice is a theory of justice that emphasizes repairing the harm caused or revealed by criminal behavior. It is best accomplished through cooperative processes that include all stakeholders.) While reconciliation ultimately seeks to restore what Hauerwas terms the “living tissue of connection that has been cauterized,” it does not simply deign to “forgive and forget,” eschewing the responsibilities and culpability of both perpetrators of historical wrongs and those who continue to benefit from the cyclical nature of oppression.

Reverend Will D. Campbell has noted that we are all victims of a racist system. This assertion describes the first concept in reconciliation. Beyond the clear and documented inequities and violence experienced by blacks in this country, racism has also tainted whites. This “double-oppression,” wherein whites are unable or unwilling to recognize their roles in history as perpetrators and beneficiaries of white privilege, makes for what writer Wendell Berry terms a sort of “schizophrenia within.” Berry writes that with this lack of critical self-knowledge, as well as recognition of the humanity of others, there exists a moral and verbal disconnect, and a lack of racial awareness. This inheritance is best understood as systemic racism, to the extent that copious amounts of individual and collective energies must be expended to maintain a racist infrastructure that is both implicit and explicit. As Berry states, this “erosive psychic tension” is endemic to white mainstream society.

Human rights activist and scholar Michael Ignatieff makes clear that no human difference matters until it becomes a privilege and, therefore, a basis for oppression. “Systematic overvaluation of the self results in systematic devaluation of strangers and outsiders,” increasing intolerance. What is essential about ethnicity, he asserts, is its plasticity. “It is not a skin, but a mask, constantly repainted.” What Ignatieff understands is the tenuous, yet powerful, hold that race and ethnicity have on the human psyche, one whose alleviation calls for determined work of progressive minds and hearts to undo what has been centuries in the making. Yet it takes more than the simple recognition of acts of individual oppression in a historical context; rather, it requires a thorough, holistic understanding of the complexity of systemic racism and the ways in which it pervades American life.

The second idea is that reconciliation is engendered through the empowerment of local communities for purposeful change. This positive change comes from the creation of truthful dialogue that encourages action to redress historical inequity. Reconciliation at the local level can be highly contested; each community must decide together how to “bury the past” in a just and constructive way. The debate is often stymied around the extent to which collective “forgetting” is essential to the task of moving forward. What seems applicable in a national or international theoretical framework may not always fit neatly into local understandings of reconciliation. Thus, it is imperative for each community to define for itself what reconciliation will look like. The Institute encourages this local determination and offers the following conceptualization of what may stimulate a local reconciliatory process.

Theologian Donald Shriver notes that “forgetfulness is the enemy of justice, unless one takes refuge in that untrue truism: ‘There is nothing we can do to change the past.’” On the contrary, Shriver challenges us to change our relation to the past. “The first step for doing so is uncovering its dreaded secrets. There can be no final burial of the past before an inquest.” He urges communities not to forgive and forget, but rather to remember and forgive, noting that a tangible way of doing so is to have one’s unjust suffering entered into a public record as an increment of justice. Others encourage communities to be experimental in their approach. Historian Charles Maier posits that “reconciliation is not a monument but a process, not a museum but a growing inventory of an active memory, not a theory but an experimental practice.” Thus the dialogue among community members must be persistent and mindful always of including others in the quest for truth and consensus.

Finally, we assert that justice is a prerequisite to reconciliation. Michael Ignatieff has suggested that, “justice entails the naming of specific individuals and not the wholesale blame of history.” Questioning whether a nation can ever be fully reconciled he suggests that the aim of justice should be to “narrow the range of permissible lies in the argument that is the past.” Because truth is dependent upon identity and therefore is interpretive, he insists that justice must be separate from reconciliation, and that truth does not always heal. Reconciliation must respect the emotions that sustain vengeance, Ignatieff writes, which means honoring the dead together. He suggests the enactment of public rituals of atonement between individuals, thus breaking the “spiral of intergenerational vengeance.” It is this public atonement that most aptly characterizes restorative justice—the repairing of that which is damaged between individuals, damaged on an individual and local level. This repairing leads to the healing of communities.

An integral part of the process of restorative justice is the punitive aspect of the oppressor’s responsibility in perpetuating of systemic racism. We are aware that any discussion of monetary compensation can elicit anxiety. One concern is that it is not the responsibility of the current generation to accept responsibility for past wrongs. Thus, we believe that communities must forge a collective memory to promote healing in meaningful ways. This process, which allows every individual to speak openly and honestly about past wrongs, ultimately promotes a healthy model of communal healing. We encourage discussion of the benefits and privileges that minorities have been excluded from for nearly three centuries, for discussion of sensitive issues reflects a maturing culture. There are several models of reparation that address the inequities inherited by people of color, including scholarships, public museums, enterprise zones, etc. While the debate over financial reparations will continue, we must not allow different perspectives on it to prevent our communities from making good faith efforts to right past wrongs or move forward together.

It is with this understanding of the process of reconciliation—ultimately rooted in interpersonal dialogue that moves beyond rhetoric—that there is hope for change. We must move beyond the culturally-encoded language of remembrance and guilt and strive to supplant mere co-existence with the reality of reconciliation. We can overcome distrust and animosity by restoring not only the dignity of the victim, but also that of the perpetrator. The end result must maintain a vision that sees a way out of the cyclical nature of this social disease. As theologian Charles Marsh suggests, new activists, “working in rural and urban areas remind us of the sobering fact that the difficult work of achieving equality awaits more difficult work, indeed the daily disciplines and sacrifices required to sustain the beloved community.” It is that beloved community to which we aspire.

In the News
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What if the $500 million we send China for Carnival throws stayed in New Orleans?: Jarvis DeBerry (, March 16, 2016)

Mayor Landrieu Announces 2016 Welcome Table New Orleans Outlook (Real Estate Rama, March 15, 2016)

Weisses Land / Schwarzes Land: Segregation in den USA (Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen, March 14, 2016) in Swiss German, audio file
How Mississippi’s administration of a federal child care program hurts black, low-income families (Hechinger Report, March 8, 2016)
Winter Institute: Building diversity and equity (Daily Mississippian, February 10. 2016)
Report: Federal Grant Funds Mismanaged, Hurts Black Women (Jackson Free Press, February 8, 2016)


Americans must take a stand against our own extremists (The Washington Post, December 18, 2015)

Jackson native seeks reconciliation (Clarion Ledger, December 12, 2015)

Can universities lead the movement towards reconciliation? (Possible Canadas, November 23, 2015)

University of Missouri president resigns amid more student athlete activism (The Christian Science Monitor, November 9, 2015)

Love the sinner: A bittersweet tale of prejudice, overcome and enduring, in the deep South (The Economist, October 22, 2015)

How they do in Oxford (, October 15, 2015)

À l’écoute du «deep south» (Geo Voir Le Monde Autremont, October 2015) in French, opens a PDF file

Ex-Ole Miss student sentenced for statue vandalism (Clarion Ledger, September 18, 2015)

Ole Miss Honors Will Campbell (Hattiesburg American, September 12, 2015)

Once fired, Will Campbell now memorialized at Ole Miss (, September 12,2015)

Person of the Day: Will D. Campbell (Jackson Free Press, September 11, 2015)

Mississippi Flag: A Symbol of Hate or Reconciliation? (Jackson Free Press, September 9, 2015)

Chosen by Mississippi Democrats, Shy Trucker Is at a Crossroad (New York Times, September 8, 2015)

Plaza dedication Friday at UM recognizes civil rights pioneer (Oxford Eagle, September 7, 2015)

Building bridges of truth to hold weight (The Lee County Courier, September 2, 2015)

Lifting “the burden of race”: What an Obama-led commission could learn from Clinton’s failed One America Initiative on Race (Salon, August 1, 2015)

New Orleans mayor lays out broad plan to rid city of Confederate relics (The Guardian, July 12, 2015)

A new day in South Carolina as the Confederate battle flag comes down (Washington Post, July 10, 2015)

A blueprint for changing the way we talk about race (Washington Post, June 26, 2015)

Divisive symbol still lingers in SE Texas (Beaumont Enterprise, June 25, 2015)

End of road for Lee Circle statue? New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu: It’s time to take down symbols honoring Confederacy (The New Orleans Advocate, June 25, 2015)

Breaking Bias (, June 24, 2015)

State flag conversation presents range of opinions (Chickasaw Journal, June 24, 2015)

Speaker Philip Gunn: ‘We need to begin having conversations about changing Mississippi’s flag’ (Mississippi News Now, June 22, 2015)

Thousands Protest Plan to Oust University Chief in Mississippi (New York Times, March 25, 2015)

Emmett Till family returns for courthouse dedication (Clarion Ledger, March 21, 2015)

Tending Dixie’s Racial Wounds (In These Times, March 3, 2015)


‘Ole Miss’ Debates Campus Traditions With Confederate Roots (NPR, October 25, 2014)

As Rebs win, Ole Miss balances Dixie and diversity (Washington Post, October 24, 2014)

Scholar: Discussion Of Race Remains Critical Issue In America (Northern Public Radio, October 21, 2014)

A Ride Down Paradise Road (, October 17, 2014)

After Ferguson, Grant Makers Seek Solutions to Racial-Justice Issues (The Chronicle of Philanthropy, August 28, 2014)

Ole Miss nickname lives on (Clarion Ledger, August 1, 2014)

Ole Miss plan seeks to address racial issues (USA Today, August 1, 2014)

Four articles by Le Temps, PDF files in French:  Sur la route des droits civiques (July 8, 2014);  Selma-Montgomery, lamarche pour citoyenneté à part (July 29, 2014); Lyndon Johnson, guide de la révolution des droits civiques (July 30, 2014); L’Amérique noire de BarackObama (July 31, 2014)

50 years on, race relations in Mississippi take a far different tone (Hechinger Report, June 22, 2014)

Civil rights lessons in Miss. schools inconsistent (Clarion Ledger, June 22, 2014)

50 years on, race relations in Mississippi take a far different tone (McClatchy DC, June 20, 2014)

Get your seat at the welcome table, New Orleans’ racial reconciliation program: Jarvis DeBerry (Times-Picayune, May 21, 2014)

Racial reconciliation hard to find at Welcome Table informational meeting (Times-Picayune, April 29, 2014)

Group plans LGBT campaign in 3 Deep South states (AP, April 26, 2014)

N.O. City Hall launching program for racial reconciliation (The New Orleans Advocate, April 23, 2014)

Mitch Landrieu launches racial reconciliation dialogue with $1.2 million grant (Times-Picayune, April 23, 2014)

Mayor’s Office Announces New Initiative on Racial Reconciliation (City of New Orleans, April 21, 2014)

In Mississippi, glorifying the Old South no longer pays the bills (Aljazeera America, April 5, 2014)

Joint Statement from the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies and the Winter Institute Opposing the Passage of SB2681(April 3, 2014)

Grandson of South African Apartheid Prime Minister on Healing Racial Rifts (MPB Online, March 30, 2014)

Institute Statement re. Discriminatory “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (March 2014)

Miss. religious-practices bill faces deadline (Sun Herald, March 3, 2014)

Experts to exchange insights on historical trauma (Bloemfontein, South Africa, Feb. 21, 2014)

Institute Responds to James Meredith Statue Defacement (Feb. 17, 2014)

Q & A with Jennifer Stollman: As Freedom Summer anniversary approaches, push is on for ‘cultural change’ in Mississippi (Hechinger Report, Feb. 10, 2014)

A Historical Marker is Unveiled at the home of McComb Civil Rights Leader the Late C.C. Bryant (MPB Online, Jan. 21, 2014)

Darby, Rainey: Let us begin South Carolina’s journey to reconciliation (The State, Columbia, SC, Jan. 19, 2014)

New ETV film aims to foster racial reconciliation in SC  (The State, Columbia, SC, Jan. 4, 2014)

Honor sought for trio slain in ’64 (Clarion Ledger, Jan. 4, 2014)

Our Tribute to the Legacy of Nelson Mandela in Mississippi (Dec. 5, 2014)


Getting beyond ‘hatred and bitterness’ will improve education in Mississippi (Hechinger Report, Oct. 25, 2013)

Mississippi to make history by opening civil rights museum (Al Jazeera America, Oct. 23, 2013)

BBC Radio story, “Mississippi 50 years on,” includes interview with Winter Institute intern Hope Owens-Wilson (Aug. 26, 2013)

Winter Institute’s Glisson Selected as “New Hero” of Civil Rights (Southern Living, Sept. 2013)

Q & A with Winter Institute’s Leroy Clemons: Nearly 50 years after Freedom Summer, education is key to change in Mississippi (Hechinger Report, Aug. 13, 2013)

Reclaiming the Narrative About Race (Huffington Post, Aug. 1, 2013)

Trayvon Martin Case: Evers, Till Legacy Comparison Controversial (Clarion-Ledger, Jul. 17, 2013)

“Growing Our Own” Puts Spotlight on Summer Youth Institute (Daily Mississippian, Apr. 3, 2013)


University of Mississippi’s William Winter Institute Honored with Civil, Human Rights Award (Clarion-Ledger, Sept. 18, 2012)

“OUR OPINION: New Initiatives Present Opportunities,” Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, March 4, 2012

“Higher Education Briefs: Institute Receives $3.1M, 3-Year Grant,” Clarion Ledger, March 2, 2012

“William Winter Institute Awarded $3.1 Million Grant,” Jackson Free Press, February 27, 2012

“Blacks Devalued from Birth,” Clarion Ledger, February 27, 2012

Civil Rights a Year-Round Lesson in Miss. Schools, Clarion Ledger, January 16, 2012


Honoring Freedom’s Path, Washington Post, August 28, 2011

Citizens’ Council’s tax status revoked, Clarion Ledger, July 23, 2011

‘Freedom’s Sisters’ features Miss. icon (link opens a PDF file), Clarion Ledger, May 22, 2011

Winter: More work needed on race, education, Associated Press, February 3, 2011
Click here to read Governor Winter’s essay (link opens PDF file)

Civil rights veterans: Today’s hate rhetoric is deja vu,, January 17, 2011

Civil rights museum gets lift from governor, Clarion Ledger, January 16, 2011

Ole Miss’ Institute for Racial Reconciliation inspires imitators, Jerry Mitchell’s blog, January 7, 2011

University of Arkansas-Little Rock Chancellor Establishing Racial Institute To Heal Old Wounds, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, January 4, 2011


Beyond racism: lessons from the South on racial discrimination and prejudice, The Christian Science Monitor, September 18, 2010

Call for Justice Sets Off a Debate, New York Times, July 18, 2010

Mississippi Delta: the land economic recovery never visits, McClatchy, April 11, 2010

Group’s retreat focuses on unity, The Greenwood Commonwealth, February 2, 2010


Civil rights marker vandalized again, The Clarion Ledger, November 12, 2009

Shining a Light on a Dark Past, Oxford Eagle, November 2, 2009

Mississippi mandates civil rights classes in schools, The Christian Science Monitor, October 4, 2009

Mississippi’s Failure, New York Times, September 20, 2009

Former Mississippi Gov. William Winter honored at Birmingham’s Sixteenth Street Baptist Church on anniversary of bombing, Birmingham News, September 16, 2009
(Click here to open clipping of original news story)

Civil Rights Added to Schools’ Curriculum, Jackson Free Press, August 14, 2009

Group hopes to ‘bridge’ racial divide, Greenwood Commonwealth, August 12, 2009

Commentary: What’s the ‘Teachable Moment?’,, July 30, 2009

‘Lingering injustice:’ Till homages suffer setbacks, The Clarion Ledger, July 17, 2009

Miss. killings under review, The Clarion Ledger, June 21, 2009

A brotherly understanding: Service to honor Medgar Evers’ legacy, The Clarion Ledger, June 13, 2009

First Black Mayor in City Known for Klan Killings, The New York Times, May 22, 2009

Black mayor of Mississippi town brings ‘atomic bomb of change’,, May 22, 2009

Philadelphia elects first African-American mayor, The Neshoba Democrat, May 20, 2009

Waters of Change, The Sun Herald, May 8, 2009

Vandals deface civil rights marker, The Clarion Ledger, March 27, 2009

Racial reconciliation panel meeting goal, The Clarion Ledger, February 1, 2009


Sandersville Native Shad White Wins Coveted Rhodes Scholarship, UM Newsdesk, November 21, 2008

Committee member issues call for personal responsibility in improving race relations, The Greenwood Commmonwealth, October 30, 2008

Mississippi gets an ‘F’ for reporting zero hate crimes, The Clarion Ledger, October 28, 2008

Birthplace of Elvis Struggles with Change, The Washington Post, October 21, 2008 (video link)

Rase kan avgjøre valget, — Oslo, Norway, October 12, 2008 (article in Norwegian)

The new ‘Ole Miss’ hosts debate full of symbolism, The National — Abu Dhabi, UAE, September 27, 2008

Mississippi, Proud of its Racial Progress, Happy to Shine in the Spotlight Brought by Debate,, September 26, 2008

Exorcising Mississippi’s Ghosts, Al Jazeera, September 26, 2008

Unwelcome Visitors at the Ole Miss’ Debate: the Ku Klux Klan, Time, September 26, 2008

Debate highlights Mississippi’s racial evolution , The Associated Press, September 25, 2008

Ole Miss hopes presidential debate will spotlight campus progress, The LA Times, September 25, 2008

When Mississippi changed the nation, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, September 25, 2008

Debate Host, Too, Has a Message of Change, The New York Times, September 24, 2008

Debates give University of Mississippi a chance to highlight racial progress, The Guardian, September 22, 2008

At Ole Miss, a Valedictory to the Old South, The Washington Post, September 21, 2008

For Ole Miss, debate marks school’s progress, The Associated Press, September 20, 2008

‘Times have changed’: Civil rights, women’s movements intertwined, The Clarion Ledger, September 18, 2008

Mississippi Learning, Exhibitor Online/Corporate Events Magazine, Summer 2008

Groups discuss race, The Greenwood Commonwealth, May 20, 2008

Group encouraging dialogue between races, The Greenwood Commonwealth, April 30, 2008

Historic Contest Verges On Knockdown-Dragout Racial Brawl, Newhouse News Service, March 17, 2008

The subject of race rears its head across U.S., Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, March 14, 2008

Barack Obama remporte largement le Mississippi et consolide le “vote noir”, Le Monde, March 12, 2008 (article in French)

A Race Apart, BBC Radio 4, February 29, 2008

Race relations forum participants pledge to return, Daily Times Leader, February 2, 2008


Conference aims at racial justice, healing, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, November 12, 2007

When did you become aware of race?, The Commercial Dispatch, October 18, 2007

Haunted by Emmett Till murder, town reconciles, Miami Herald, October 3, 2007

Decades later, an apology for Emmett Till slaying, Atlanta Journal Constitution, October 2, 2007

Tallahatchie County to formally apologize to Till’s family, The Clarion Ledger, October 2, 2007

Miss. County Sorry for Till Murder Trial, Associated Press, October 2, 2007

Murder of black teen still haunts Miss. town, The Times-Picayune, September 30, 2007

Emmett Till: Opening the doors to understanding, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, September 24, 2007

Unfinished Business, Memphis Commercial Appeal, September 19, 2007

Recovery funds missing lower-income residents, report claims, The Clarion Ledger, September 5, 2007

Tracking cold cases: Feds probing 100 lesser–known killings, The Clarion Ledger, September 2, 2007

West Point may be next stop in racial–reconciliation tour, The Clarion Ledger, August 5, 2007

Past prompts call for racial reconciliation, The Clarion Ledger, June 22, 2007

Civil rights activist June Johnson dies, The Greenwood Commonwealth, April 17, 2007

Dearman to receive prestigious Silver Em journalism award, The Neshoba Democrat, March 28, 2007

SURVEY: THE AMERICAN SOUTH Goodbye to the blues, The Economist, March 1, 2007 (SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED)


Race reconciliation group plans projects, events, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, September 26, 2006

It’s Time Mississippi Established a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, History News Network, September 25, 2006

‘Justice can’t just forget’ long-ago racial killings, Atlanta Journal Constitution, September 13, 2006

Rape case divides a proud city, Miami Herald, May 23, 2006

Leaders: Racial injustice becoming a thing of the past, Clarion-Ledger, May 21, 2006

Waco Recalls a 90-Year-Old ‘Horror’, NPR, May 13, 2006

Apology: The word has potent meaning for some communities, Waco Tribune-Herald, May 14, 2006

In Waco, a Push To Atone for The Region’s Lynch-Mob Past, Washington Post, April 26, 2006

Family history becomes ‘a calling’, Memphis Commercial Appeal, April 10, 2006

Civil Rights history law could be historic one, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, March 9, 2006

UM study focuses on racial discrimination’s economic impact, The Sun Herald, March 3, 2006

Racism might have cost state its economy, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, March 2, 2006

Mississippi Landmarks Swept Away, Dallas Morning New, February 12, 2006

Philadelphia, Miss., Searches for an Identity Beyond Historic Racial Tension, Memphis Commercial Appeal, February 10, 2006

Struggle Bonds Women: ‘We Were All Sisters’, Miami Herald, February 5, 2006


Statement of the Mississippi Coalition, a multiracial group of Mississippi leaders, on its vision for Hurricane Katrina recovery, December, 2005

Katrina Blew Away These Schools’ Racial Barriers, LA Times, December 14, 2005

Winter Institute awards the first CC Bryant Award for Community Organizing to the Philadelphia Coalition. October 25, 2005

Will KKK fade into history?, Clarion-Ledger, July 15, 2005

Local governments respond to concerns, Oxford Eagle, June 28, 2005

Killen trial was about justice, but sent image message, too, Clarion-Ledger, June 26, 2005

We’ve come far, and we’ve far to go, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, June 23, 2005

Relief greets Klansman’s conviction after 41 years, Sydney Morning Herald, June 23, 2005

Ex-Klansman convicted in ’64 killings, Clarion-Ledger, June 22, 2005

Racial wrongs retraced, Raleigh News & Observer, June 22, 2005

Mississippi town forges a hopeful future from racist past, Boston Globe, June 20, 2005

Mississippi trial 40 years in the making, Cleveland Jewish News, June 14, 2005

Jury Selection Begins in 40-Year-Old Mississippi Civil Rights Murder Case, Voice of America, June 13, 2005

A last push for justice in civil rights-era killings, Baltimore Sun, June 13, 2005

Jury selection in Killen trial begins today, The Daily Mississippian, June 13, 2005

Mississippi trial: After a bleak era, a new day, Memphis Commercial Appeal, June 13, 2005

Murder in Mississippi: After 41 years, the infamous slayings of three civil rights activists return to center stage in the trial of Edgar Ray Killen this week, Memphis Commercial Appeal, June 12, 2005

U.S. Senate to apologize for lynchings, The Daily Mississippian, June 9, 2005

Monument to be finished by fall semester, The Daily Mississippian, June 9, 2005

Precinct named after Bryant, McComb Enterprise-Journal, March 16, 2005

Amos group aims for change, The Daily Mississippian, March 4, 2005

Amos Group Cites Audit Report, The Daily Mississippian, Feb 4, 2005

City, County Pledge Support for Amos effort, Feb. 4, 2005


’50s Civil Rights Leader Will D. Campbell Returns to UM Campus, Named Honorary Chaplain, October 12, 2004 
 viewable with Windows Media Player

Civil Rights Battlegrounds Enter World of Tourism, New York Times, August 10, 2004

Audio/video of June 20, 2004, Chaney, Goodman, Schwerner Memorial Service

Winter Institute Gets Grant While Helping History Unfold June 10, 2004

Institute for Racial Reconciliation Helps Unite Town for Cause June 1, 2004

Amos Network reaches into Northeast Mississippi Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, April 26, 2004

New movement pursues ‘a stronger community for all’ Oxford Eagle, April 30, 2004

National Public Radio Features Gov. William Winter, Feb. 28, 2004

Additional Articles

  • Washington DC fundraiser, June 2005

Speeches and Presentations
Click here to read speeches by Gov. Winter and Rev. John Perkins on the occasion of Mission Mississippi honoring them for their leadership (also available in the January 2011 issue of The Wellspring).
Presentations from the first International Conference on Race: Racial Reconciliation, University of Mississippi, October 2003
Governor Winter’s 2003 Commencement Address, University of Mississippi, May 2003
Students Envisioning Equality through Diversity (SEED), a student group sponsored by the Winter Institute, active 1998-2003. Replaced by Respect Mississippi.

In Memoriam: Constance Baker Motley (1921-2005)
Listen to excerpts of a 2002 interview with Judge Motley, recorded during UM’s Open Doors commemoration.
» On Mississippi (.mp4)
» On Mississippi (.wmv)
» On the 1962 Ole Miss Riots (.mp4)
» On the 1962 Ole Miss Riots (.wmv)

We are pleased to work with individuals and organizations throughout the state of Mississippi and beyond. These friends and partners include:

The Andrew Goodman Foundation combines the community organizing tools and lessons of the past with the technological innovations of the present to seed and nurture a new hero citizenry: ordinary individuals engaged and committed to creative and effective action for social impact.

Andrus Family Fund. Andrus, based in New York, has funded some of our work. Please visit the site for their Transitions program:

Alliance for Truth and Racial Reconciliation. In 2005, a gathering of groups based in the Deep South met to talk about helping communities confront issues of racial violence and reconciliation. Representatives of The Birmingham Pledge, Southern Truth and Reconciliation, and the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation were present. Out of this meeting grew the desire to form a regional alliance, creating a network of organizations dedicated to similar ideals, who could serve local community needs throughout the South. This led to the March 2006 Southern Exposure conference, hosted by the three original groups at the University of Mississippi.

The C.C. Bryant Project. A documentary project about a key figure in the Mississippi Civil Rights movement. McComb, Mississippi.

Fannie Lou Hamer Memorial Garden & Museum Foundation, Ruleville, Mississippi.

Mississippi ARC (Actively Reaching Communities), a statewide coalition of progressive service and advocacy groups.

Mississippi Center for Justice. The Mississippi Center for Justice (MCJ) was established in June 2002 as a nonprofit, public interest law firm committed to advancing racial and economic justice. Its founding responded to an urgent need to re-establish in-state advocacy on behalf of low-income people and communities of color. Supported and staffed by civil rights advocates, attorneys, social service advocates and others, MCJ is committed to developing and pursuing strategies that combat discrimination and poverty in Mississippi.

Mississippi Teacher Corps. The Mississippi Teacher Corps is a two-year program, similar to the Peace Corps, that recruits college graduates to teach in critical-needs schools in the Mississippi Delta and Jackson. In exchange, participants receive a full salary and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Mississippi.

The Robert M. Hearin Foundation is based in Jackson, MS, and seeks to promote economic prosperity in Mississippi communities.

Start Here Project Development. Christopher Schultz, founder of Start Here, worked closely with us and prepared a grant proposal that resulted in the Winter Institute’s $3.1 million award from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation; on the heels of that success and many others over the years, Chris and Start Here agreed to take over the Institute’s development and marketing/communications.

Sunflower County Freedom School. Begun in 2000, this innovative program is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to educational excellence and leadership development in Sunflower County, Mississippi. Founded by Teach for America alumni, it uses the history and spirit of the 1960s freedom struggle to motivate young people to become capable and compassionate leaders in their communities. The project has participated in other WWIRR projects and UM has hosted its summer programs, with involvement from SEED students and support from WWIRR staff. Sunflower County, Mississippi

Teaching for Change. Since 2004, the Winter Institute has worked with Teaching for Change on curriculum development and teacher education projects in Mississippi schools, including McComb and Philadelphia. Teaching for Change provides teachers and parents with the tools to transform schools into centers of justice where students learn to read, write and change the world.

Turkey Creek Community Initiatives. Following Hurricane Katrina, WWIRR began working with TCCI, a nonprofit corporation seeking to “conserve, restore and utilize for education and other socially beneficial purposes the unique cultural, historical and ecological assets of the Turkey Creek community and watershed.” Read an article by Derrick Evans (link opens PDF file). Gulfport, Mississippi

White Privilege Conference (WPC) serves as a yearly opportunity to examine and explore difficult issues related to white privilege, white supremacy and oppression. WPC provides a forum for critical discussions about diversity, multicultural education and leadership, social justice, race/racism, sexual orientation, gender relations, religion and other systems of privilege/oppression.

Within Our Lifetime, a growing nationwide network of racial healing and equity practitioners committed to ending the impact of racism in our lifetime.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The racial equity mission of WKKF: “We believe that all children should have equal access to opportunity. To make this vision a reality, we direct our grants and resources to support racial healing and to remove systemic barriers that hold some children back. We invest in community and national organizations whose innovative and effective programs foster racial healing. And through action-oriented research and public policy work, we are helping translate insights into new strategies and sustainable solutions.”