Posts Tagged ‘civil rights’

William Winter, Part 1

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

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

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

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 […] [...]

Lawmakers continue debate over civil rights museum site

by Published: February 1,2011

Tags: civil rights, museums, state government, tourism

JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour’s verbal support for a civil rights museum in Mississippi’s capital has reignited debate over where to place an edifice in honor of the bloody struggle that played out across the South. A committee of the Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus held a hearing yesterday at the state Capitol to discuss possible […] [...]

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