The National Endowment for the Humanities has published a special edition of its Humanities magazine to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. One of the articles is "Living History in Mississippi," featuring long-time Mississippi Humanities Council fiscal administrator Brenda Thigpen Gray.
The Mississippi Humanities Council board and staff celebrated the 24th running of the Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration last week in Natchez, and also the 90th birthday of beloved former Mississippi governor, William F. Winter.
In 2009, after 10 years of effort, Congress awarded official designation for a Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area, recognizing that the Mississippi Delta is a unique landscape which has created a distinct culture that is unusually rich in heritage stories. The Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area is currently developing a management plan to guide activities intended to preserve, celebrate and share the area’s unique culture and heritage. Mississippi Humanities Council Vice Chair Dr. Luther Brown is the director of the MDNHA, and Dr. Barbara Carpenter, executive director of the Council, serves on the board.
The Mississippi Humanities Council, along with two libraries in Mississippi, has been awarded the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, a collection of books, films and other resources that will introduce the American public to the complex history and culture of Muslims in the United States and around the world.
In its earliest days, the Mississippi Committee for the Humanities funded programs on topics that were issues likely to come to the ballot box. By Congressional requirement, the state humanities councils were created to foster informed public dialogue, bringing humanities scholars to communities to participate in discussions that would contribute to citizens’ involvement in public discourse.
In new year, will Mississippi make progress in education? Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has vowed to focus on education when this year’s legislative session convenes next week, with literacy and school choice at the forefront of his agenda. In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Bryant said that his goal is to get “something transformational” passed during the three-month session this year.