Noxubee County mind map

How and Why: Behind the Scenes of the ‘Black Women, Systemic Barriers, COVID-19’ Project

In this Jackson Advocate-Mississippi Free Press collaboration, the BWC Project team has spent a year planning, reporting, hosting solution circles of Black women and doing deep historic research on, so far, three counties. Our big, hairy goal is to show why COVID-19 initially affected Black women in our state harder than any other group including even Black men.

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Two Black women wearing TLC tshirts pose in the center of a small room wallpapered in newspaper pages

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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Lamar Smith and wife Annie Clark Holloway Smith

Buried Truth: Unresolved, Disregarded Lamar Smith Murder Haunts Lincoln County

Black businessman and voting-rights activist Lamar Smith arrived at the Lincoln County Courthouse on Aug. 13, 1955, as dozens of people milled about on the lawn. Walking up to the steps on the north side of the courthouse carrying his ballots, Smith encountered three white men who blocked his entry. Soon, he was lying on the ground dying from a gunshot wound. No one would help him.

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Black and white photo of Emmett Till and his mother Mamie Till
MFP Voices

It’s Been 66 Years: Mississippi, U.S. Should Honor Emmett Till With A National Park

August 28, 2021 marks the 66th anniversary of Emmett Till’s gruesome murder in the Mississippi Delta. He would have turned 80 years old this year—just two years older than the current President of the United States. It is time for our region, state, and country to finally honor Emmett Till and his courageous mother with the creation of an Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley Mississippi Delta Civil Rights National Historic Park. 

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