March 2, 2020

For all the upside of visiting Alabama and Mississippi, and there's much to recommend--The history of the black freedom struggle that inspires the world. Museums and sites. A good kind of pride and friendliness. Great food. Delta, rivers, pine forests, rolling hills--o...

March 1, 2020

As my visit to Alabama and Mississippi ends, I encourage those who've said they'd like to visit the Civil Rights Trail in these two states and get to know the people better. Lord knows, they can use the visitors. You can easily put together a trip itinerary a...

February 29, 2020

Before leaving Jackson, I walk down Capitol Street past the site of the 1963 Woolworth's lunch counter sit-ins by Tougaloo College students and professors. The Mayor of Jackson had refused to desegregate downtown businesses despite being court-ordered an...

February 28, 2020

I thought I'd spend an hour at the B.B. King Museum in Indianola but two and half hours later, I told the cashier in the gift shop, "You didn't say you were going to take me hostage!" Of course, B.B., who is buried outside the museum, lived to age 90 and had a full, va...

February 27, 2020

Fannie Lou Hamer is one of my heroes. I went with pleasure to her memorial park and gravesite in Ruleville, Sunflower County. Around the corner from where she lived, the park includes this beautiful statue with engraved pictures and quotes, her gravesite and that of he...

February 25, 2020

To sit in the headquarters where Robert Moses and company coordinated the Summer in Mississippi project known as Freedom Summer 1964 is inspiring. Robby Luckett, civil rights historian and professor at Jackson State University (JSU) runs the COFO Education Center, a mu...

February 25, 2020

I was warmly welcomed at Mount Helm Baptist Church in Jackson. The congregation was wearing red for "Heart Sunday" and the sermon was about the dual challenge of barring our hearts against evil and opening our hearts to love. I enjoyed the beautiful, nuanced music and...

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