Posts Tagged ‘civil rights’

Myrlie Evers returns to Alcorn State

by MBJ Staff Published: February 12,2012

Tags: Alcorn State University, civil rights, Medger Evers, Myrlie Evers, The Help

Myrlie Evers has returned to Alcorn State University as a distinguished scholar-in-residence. Widely known for her work on civil rights and racial justice throughout the United States and the world, Evers will spend her time at Alcorn engaged in offering seminars in the Department of Social Sciences, preparing her archival papers for library deposit and […] [...]

Navy’s USNS Medgar Evers christened in California

by Associated Press Published: November 14,2011

Tags: christening, civil rights, defense, military, ship, shipbuilding, ships

SAN  DIEGO — General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, has christened the U.S. Navy’s newest supply ship, USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE 13). Named in honor of the African American civil rights leader from Mississippi, the USNS Medgar Evers is the 13th ship of a class of 14 dry cargo/ammunition ships designed […] [...]

Renaming airport could cost up to $150K

by Associated Press Published: October 31,2011

Tags: air travel, airports, civil rights, municipal government, name, renaming, transportation, travel

JACKSON — What is a name worth? Possibly $100,000 to $150,000. That is how much it is expected to cost the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority to replace signage and other materials in changing the name of the Jackson-Evers International Airport to the Jackson Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport. The Jackson City Council this month approved […] [...]

Officials vote to change airport name again

by Associated Press Published: October 19,2011

Tags: air travel, airport, civil rights, municipal government, name change, transportation, travel

JACKSON — The Jackson City Council has voted to rename the city’s airport for the second time in seven years. This time, the favored name Jackson Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport was picked to replace Jackson-Evers International Airport to make it clear the airport is named in honor of the slain civil rights leader. The […] [...]

MDA unveils new Mississippi Freedom Trail

by For the MBJ Published: May 5,2011

Tags: civil rights, state government, tourism

JACKSON — The Mississippi Development Authority’s Tourism Division has announced the creation of the Mississippi Freedom Trail, a major cultural initiative designed to commemorate the state’s Civil Rights heritage. The trail will offer a virtual tour of the state and those sites that played a pivotal role in the Civil Rights Movement. Gov. Haley Barbour […] [...]

William Winter, Part 1

by Stephen McDill Published: April 12,2011

Tags: civil rights, Civil rights museum, Haley Barbour, William Winter

JACKSON- Former Mississippi governor William Winter reflects on his career and his work with the Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation. [...]

Barbour calling special session over museums

by Associated Press Published: March 31,2011

Tags: civil rights, museums, state budget, state government, tourism

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says he’ll call a special session within the regular legislative next week so the House and Senate can quickly consider funding for a civil rights museum and a comprehensive state history museum. The two projects have stalled during the regular session, and Barbour said today that he thinks it […] [...]

Bryant ‘offended’ by Justice’s oversight of redistricting

by Associated Press Published: March 3,2011

Tags: census, civil rights, elections, federal government, Politics, redistricting, state government, voting rights

JACKSON — Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, who’s running for governor, says he’s “offended” the U.S. Justice Department is still required to approve redistricting in Mississippi. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 requires Mississippi and several other states — mostly in the South — to submit election changes for Justice Department clearance to ensure minorities’ […] [...]

Senate passes its own civil rights museum bill

by Associated Press Published: February 24,2011

Tags: civil rights, cultural tourism, museums, state government, tourism

JACKSON — The Mississippi Senate has passed its own bond bill to partially fund two museums — one focusing on all types of history and one focusing specifically on civil rights. The bill passed 36-10 yesterday. It would provide $30 million for the first phase of the museums. The House earlier passed its own separate […] [...]

Analysis: Museum project draws hopes, suspicions

Not all lawmakers are convinced a Mississippi civil rights museum will finally get off the ground, despite the speed at which a proposal is making its way through the Legislature. Their doubts can be heard in floor debate and committee meetings. Rep. Jim Evans, a black Democrat from Jackson, told his colleagues last week, "Let’s […] [...]

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