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Advisory Board Member

Ellen Ann Fentress

Journalist, Filmmaker, Teacher

Ellen Ann Fentress, a lifelong Mississippian, is a journalist, filmmaker and teacher in Jackson. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Oxford American, The Bitter Southerner, The Baffler and on Mississippi Public Broadcasting.

Her documentary film “Eyes on Mississippi,” on the civil-rights era experience of iconic journalist Bill Minor, has been screened across the country.

In 2019, she launched The Academy Stories, an online forum ( to examine the impact of segregation academies on the South’s past and present.

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