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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, walks under a camouflage net in a trench as he visits the war-hit Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Dec. 6, 2021.
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From Zelenskyy to Mississippi: The Fight for Democracy Begins at Home

Editor Donna Ladd writes that President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is showing fearless leadership in the collaborative fight to preserve democracy, just as we have to work together and a fierce devotion to protecting one’s home from fascist control person by person and against great odds. Mississippians need to emulate this spirit to guarantee freedom for all on a local level, she writes.

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‘He Was a Good Son’: COVID-19 Amplified Jackson Violence, Inequities for Black Families 

Found dead on the side of a road in South Jackson, Tramaine Green was one of 128 homicides in Jackson in 2020. In her overview introducing the Hinds County chapter of our “(In)Equity and Resilience: Black Women Women and Systemic Barriers” collaboration with the Jackson Advocate, reporter Aliyah Veal tells one family’s story of navigating COVID-19, gun violence and being ignored by police through the pandemic—and the pandemic-magnified causes of crime and inequities that have long affected their path to success.

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Magnolia Speech School Leaving Jackson for New Madison Facility to Follow Students

Speech-language deficits are the most common childhood disability, affecting around one in 12 children. Without treatment, speech-language problems can lead to behavioral challenges, mental-health problems, difficulty reading and academic failure. The Magnolia Speech School is a nonprofit school established with a mission to help children with communication disorders develop their potential through spoken language and literacy. The program takes kids as young as 1 year old up to age 13. 

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‘Ole Miss’ vs. ‘New Miss’: Black Students, Faculty on How to Reject Racism, Step Forward Together

Black students and faculty at the University of Mississippi explain how administrators, donors and alumni can step boldly into an anti-racist future with transparency, publicly stated solutions and without depending on UM community members of color to do the heavy lifting. They love the university and want to see it reach its, and thus the state’s, full diverse, equitable and inclusive potential.

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