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KKK, White Terrorists Targeted Black Noxubee Schools, Teachers to Embed Inequality

Warning: This piece contains graphic descriptions of race violence. NOXUBEE COUNTY, Miss.—Travonder Dixon-McCloud grew up in Macon, Miss., hearing about a local white mob killing a Black principal and other prominent community leaders. The upstanding citizens also closed down the one-room school serving Black children in the early 20th century, back in a time when […]

White Flight in Noxubee County: Why School Integration Never Happened

An abandoned and broken Central Academy yellow bus parked under a large tree

Central Academy was one of Mississippi’s dozens of segregation academies that opened in the 1960s in anticipation of a final Supreme Court mandate, while many others were “founded in 1970” soon after the Alexander v. Holmes County Board of Education decision finally ended legal public-school segregation. They demanded and often got public funding even as they excluded Black children and openly taught racism to many of today’s prominent white Mississippians and decision-makers.

Power of the Pen: Redeeming Language for Love and Inspiration

“The pen is mightier than the sword” is a metonymic adage created by English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1839. Advikaa Anand agrees, saying that written words are a more powerful tool for communication compared to violence, and our language should be cultivated for love and inspiration, not to perpetuate profanity.