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Author: Taylor McKay Hathorn

Elise Winter
People

Former First Lady Elise Winter Dies at 95 After Life of Work for Equity, Acceptance, Compassion

Former first lady of Mississippi Elise Varner Winter reacts to questions from Elbert Hilliard, former director of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in Jackson, Miss. Winter wrote a book based on her entries in a personal daily journal that she kept as the first lady of Mississippi during the 1980-1984 term of her husband, former Gov. William F. Winter. She died July 17, 2021.

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Culture

‘An Agenda to Bring Light’: Mississippi Poor People’s Campaign Wants ‘Third Reconstruction’

The Poor People’s Campaign’s “Third Reconstruction” resolution highlights what it calls a congressional failure to elevate the poor through social programs, voting-rights expansion and the elimination of systemic racism. It details suggested solutions for each of these problems, including an increase in the long-stagnant federal minimum wage, provisions to expand insurance coverage, a large-scale reduction of student debt and prison reform.

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People

‘But It Ain’t Came Yet’: Mississippi Workers’ Center Demands Workplace Safety, Reform

When Gerald Sander began working at Monroe Tufline Manufacturing in Columbus, Miss., in 2017, he received a starting salary of $8 an hour. At first, Sander felt this was fair. Six months later, Sander was still making $8 an hour, despite the fact that he had long outstripped the 10 weeks that a temporary worker is expected to stay on a job. Motivated by his need to provide for his young child, Sander says he approached the management of the plant to ask a difficult question: “I ain’t tryin’ to offend nobody, but is it the color of my skin?” 

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WTM Healthcare Press Conference
News

‘The Consequences of Human Suffering’: Mississippi Clergy Organizing for Medicaid Expansion

Members of the Mississippi clergy invoked the tradition of solidarity and acknowledged the still-unfinished work when they hosted a press conference in conjunction with Working Together Mississippi to unveil a letter expressing their discontent with the Mississippi Legislature’s seven-year inaction regarding Medicaid expansion. The letter also endorses the Mississippi Cares plan, a version of Medicaid reform initiated by the Mississippi Hospital Association that is intended to provide health-care coverage for working-class Mississippians who currently fall into the “gap” between traditional Medicaid coverage and private health-care plans. 

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Gabby Graves-Wakes sitting in desk in a classroom with blackboard in background
Culture

‘It Starts With People Like Us’: Warrior-Scholar Project Hosts ‘Black Women in STEM’

When Gabby Graves-Wake, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, took her first programming class in the fall of 2019, she glanced around the room and made a quick count: There were 56 students, and six of them were women—and she was the only woman of color. Her story is not unusual, as women of color account for less than 3 percent of people employed in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields.

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Culture

‘Taller Mountains Still’: Cora Norman, 94, Leaves Legacy of Service, Dialogue, Inclusion

Diversity in the boardroom was not enough for Dr. Cora Norman, and she began convening statewide panels and forums to promote the humanities and what the study of the field could do for race relations in the state. This encouraged the state’s humanities scholars to give their academic work real-life application by connecting small-town Mississippians to professors and other civil-rights advocates.

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