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Author: Taylor McKay Hathorn

Culture

‘My Hometown Too’: Laurel’s Downtown Blossoms Despite City’s Complicated History 

Nearly three decades ago, most of the once-bustling businesses in downtown Laurel, Miss., had shuttered their windows, and the brick streets that criss-crossed the Pine Belt town’s center were void of pedestrians and drivers alike. Today, downtown Laurel is enjoying a resurgence thanks to locals and outside assistance. As always throughout its history, like that of other Mississippi towns, it’s complicated.

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Culture

Missy Magazine Launches as First LGBTQ+ Publication at University of Mississippi 

Zines, which are small-scale publications based around texts and images, gained popularity through underground social-activism groups in the 1960s and 1970s. After seeing their usefulness and impact at the symposium, Parker thought the Oxford campus would be the perfect place to revive the medium in the form of a digital publication aimed at LGBTQ+ students and their allies.

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A purple Emmett Till River SIte sign, riddled with bullets, behind plexiglass with a plaque beneath it
MFP Voices

They Said Emmett Till’s Name to Me. Now, I Say it for Myself.

I was 15 years old the first time someone said Emmett Till’s name to me, and I’d hear it countless times over the ensuing years. I say his name now for myself, proving my English professors’ belief that Emmett Till’s blood cries out to us from the pen of Mississippians. I say it even though the governor and half the Legislature might say that it’s proof of the nefarious “critical race theory” infiltrating Mississippi schools.

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