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Delta State University establishes racial reconciliation conference

Delta stateDelta State University has established a racial reconciliation conference, entitled “Winning the Race: A Conference on Diversity and Community”. The goal is to promote dialogue on race relations by building conversations that will bring together diverse communities in the Delta.

The date of the conference is March 18 and 19 on the Delta State campus in Cleveland.

The inaugural “Winning the Race” conference will focus on the Delta State family—students, faculty, staff—but will also offer a wide selection of sessions for all attendees with topics such as music, media, Civil Rights history, religion and healthcare. This conference will provide an opportunity for dialogue with top-level experts who will enlighten and advance our understanding and appreciation for our differences and our common challenges.

Speakers will include:

John Dittmer

Dittmer is an award-winning author, professor emeritus of history at DePauw University and a nationally recognized authority on the Civil Rights movement. From 1967–1979, he taught history at Tougaloo College in Mississippi. Dittmer’s book “Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi,” has won multiple prestigious awards.

winning the raceGovernor William Winter

Winter has served Mississippi in numerous political capacities, including Governor from 1980–1984. His dedication to racial equality and the establishment of the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation at the University of Mississippi has brought him international renown. In June of 1997, Winter was appointed by President Bill Clinton as a member of the National Advisory Board on Race Relations.

Bennie Thompson
Thompson, Mississippi’s District Two congressman since 1993, has long been known for his work with race relations. He is the longest-serving African-American elected official in the state of Mississippi. As a product of the Civil Rights movement, he has supported numerous bills that aim to improve the lives of minority individuals.

Register online at deltastate.edu/winnningtherace. The conference is free and open to the public.

About Ross Reily

Ross Reily is editor of the Mississippi Business Journal. He is a husband to an amazing wife, dad to 3 crazy kids and 2 dogs. He is also a fan of the Delta State Fighting Okra and the Boston Red Sox.

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