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.
The Mississippi Supreme Court today killed the medical-marijuana program that 68% of Mississippi voters approved in 2020, and with it, the state’s entire ballot-initiative process. The ruling means that voter-driven efforts to adopt early voting and expand Medicaid in the state are also now dead.