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Digitizing Mississippi: Black Voices and White Supremacy

Being a university archivist at a Southern university necessitates facing the history of Jim Crow era racism and finding ways to ensure stories of Black resistance to white supremacy are illuminated. At the same time, it is important for students and researchers studying Mississippi Civil Rights to understand the fear and violence that allowed segregationists to maintain power for so long in the state. This talk will examine that balance by discussing the Citizens’ Council Forum Digital Collection, a CLIR Recordings at Risk funded project to digitize the only complete run of the white supremacist Citizen Council’s long running radio show, which covers topics including resistance to the Civil Rights Act and the fear of Communism. This talk will also highlight a work in progress Omeka exhibit on the first Black student group at Mississippi State University, Afro American Plus. Organized in the years following the campus’ 1965 integration, the group worked systematically to improve the quality of life for Black students, build Black community, but also to push back against white power structures.  

Jessica Perkins Smith -- University Archivist, Assistant Professor, Mississippi State University

Online Speaker Series - LDL as Data https://louisianadigitallibrary.org/LDLasData/speaker-series 

Registration link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfkJxLLMB-6VGbBPSQ-SJ-SoH2Ffx_EH3lxs1P9Bianb57kqA/viewform


Thursday, December 3, 2020
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
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Event Organizer

Twanna Hodge