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Author: Torsheta Jackson

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Black Noxubee County Women Struggle to Overcome Historic Inequities COVID-19 Exposed

Noxubee County mothers and educators, many of them resilient Black women, are determined to make it work and find solutions that their students and families deserve. But that is a challenge now, just as it was before the pandemic hit, due to long-term disparities and historic and intentional inequities that made the effects of the pandemic especially acute for the Black women of the county and their families.

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Summer Camp children

Rooted in Unity and Defiance, Operation Shoestring Innovates to Serve Children During Pandemic

The Shoestring team not only worried for themselves and their own families as the pandemic ascended, but for the children of high-poverty Georgetown and MidCity neighborhoods in Jackson where the organization has been providing support for 53 years. Its goals are to ensure access to education, health and self-sufficiency services for Jackson Public Schools students in grades pre-K through 12.

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MSMS 8th of May Celebration

Students Relive Black History: Emancipation Day and Historical Heroes in Lowndes County

The 8th of May Emancipation Celebration is the culmination of an annual research project in Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science history teacher Chuck Yarborough’s African American history class. He gives students a list of local African Americans collected through his own investigation. Working in small groups, the students research their subjects using primary-source documents, then write an original script to be performed at the 8th of May Celebration. 

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Jacqueline Amos in blue clothes

Her Father’s Daughter: Jacqueline Amos Honors Family Traditions with Jackson Candidacy

Jacque Amos recounts election days during her childhood the way many of us fondly remember holidays. The kitchen of her Jackson home always filled with excitement as she, her sisters, mother and father first ate their 7 a.m. breakfast. Afterward, the Amos family piled into the car and drove to the Grove Park voting precinct in Jackson. Now, she’s running for Jackson City Council—and working hard to get other women across Mississippi to run for office.

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‘The Stories Have Been Lost’: Scott Ford Houses Preserve Power, Legacy of Black Midwives

With the renovation, the organization hopes to have a permanent place to house “Reclaiming Our Legacy & Shifting the Narrative of Mississippi Granny Midwives: A Storytelling Project.” The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is providing a $50,000 grant to help document the stories of families in the state through interviews with families or communities that had midwives. The dialogue will focus on “granny” midwives and their roles in births as well as their interactions with children. The project will focus on the Jackson Prairie, Mississippi Delta, Black Belt and Loess Hills regions of Mississippi.

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