Racial Equity Grants

The Mississippi Humanities Council is pleased to partner with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation on a humanities-based racial equity grant program. We are accepting grant applications for projects that examine the state’s racial history and foster discussion about continuing racial disparities in Mississippi. These grants of up to $7,500 are intended support grassroots projects throughout the state.

Our racial equity grant program follows the same guidelines and uses the same forms as our general grants program.

Regular grant ($2,001-$7,500) deadlines are May 1 and September 15. Minigrants (up to $2,000) have no deadlines, though applications must be received at least eight weeks before the program or proposed grant period begins.

For more information about the Racial Equity Grants, contact Tim Lampkin at tlampkin@mhc.state.ms.us.

Racial Equity Funded Projects:

Grants Awarded

  • $5,000

    The New Orleans Photo Alliance

    Yazoo Revisited: Integration and Segregation in a Deep Southern Town

    To help cover archival footage rights costs associated with documentary about school integration in Yazoo City. The film will be broadcast over Mississippi Public Television in April, 2017.

  • $5,000

    Activists With a Purpose

    Summer Extended: The Movement is the People–50 Years Ago Today—

    Grenada 1966 Freedom Movement

  • $5,000

    Rust College

    Claiming Histories: Engaging the Past through Memorialization of Slave Past

    To support public programming about the history of slavery in northern Mississippi, a community discussion about the legacy and public memory of slavery, and a libation ceremony.

  • $2,000

    Mississippi Center for Justice

    The Roots of Sunflower County Strategic Planning Project

  • $2,000

    Knights & Daughters of Tabor

    Living in the City that I.T. Montgomery Built

  • $2,000

    Teaching for Change

    Racial Equity Partnership: MS Civil Rights Teachers and Training Institute

  • $5,000

    Millsaps College

    “This is how you are a citizen”: Humanities and Civic Life in Mississippi

    A three-day program addressing race relations and social justice, designed around a visit by acclaimed poet and playwright Claudia Rankine, author of the book-length poem, Citizen: An American Lyric. Programming is included both for campus and community audiences.

  • $2,000

    Mississippi Center for Justice

    The R.O.O.T.S. of Sunflower County: Reclaiming Our Origins through Story

    Funds to engage an oral historian and documentary filmmaker who will train Mississippi Center for Justice staff and twenty selected young black men from Sunflower County in storytelling, public speaking and oral history methodologies, who will then use these skills to share an affirmative narrative about youths in the Mississippi Delta.

  • $5000

    Delta State University

    Winning the Race Conference 2017

    Support for annual campus-based conference addressing race and race relations. The 2017 agenda will focus on educational outcomes for children.

  • $5,871

    Preserve Marshall County & Holly Springs, Inc.

    Behind the Big House Program & Tour

    Support for annual tour and public programs examining the history of slaves and their dwellings in Holly Springs.

  • $5,000

    Harrisburg Cultural and Social Services Center

    The Open D.O.O.R.S. Project

    Support for a race dialogue project in the Tupelo community, featuring civic and business leaders, civil rights activists, educators, law enforcement personnel and artists, as well as humanities scholars, engaging with public audiences to address race relations and racial equality.

  • $7,500

    Fannie Lou Hamer Memorial Garden & Museum

    Fannie Lou Hamer Exhibit

    Support requested to create an exhibit portraying the life and work of civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer at the Fannie Lou Hamer Museum in Hamer’s hometown, Ruleville, MS.

  • $1,890

    Sunflower County Freedom Project

    2017 Sunflower County Freedom Project’s Civil Rights Drama Program

    Theatrical performance by high school students of The Parchman Hour: Songs and Stories of the 1961 Freedom Rides. These students performed the play in Moorhead, Indianola, and Texas. The project’s goals were to educate Mississippians about civil rights history and empower students through storytelling and community engagement.

  • $2,000

    Tougaloo College

    #WakeUp 2017 Spring Production

    Support for a student theatrical production addressing contemporary racial issues.

  • $476

    University of Southern Mississippi

    Discussing the Impact of Mississippi’s State Flag

    Public forum held in Long Beach on the Mississippi state flag. The panel featured both supporters and opponents of the current flag design.

  • $1970

    University of Southern Mississippi

    Can We Achieve This Togetherness in Our Time?: A Clyde Kennard Lecture Series

    A series of three lectures about the life and legacy of Clyde Kennard, who tried unsuccessfully to integrate the University of Southern Mississippi in the late 1950s. The programs were held at the historic Eureka School in Hattiesburg and helped to bridge the campus and African American communities.

  • $1750

    Jackson State University

    2017 African American Read-In: A Discussion on the Value and Oppression of Black Lives

    A series of panel discussions addressing the theme “Black Lives Matter” using Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.

  • $2000

    Hattiesburg Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi

    Empathy Workshop

    A series of public workshops addressing issues of police-community relations centered on the idea of empathy.

  • $1,250

    Mississippi Center for Justice

    Wade in Witness Remembrance Program and Roll Call

    Public program commemorating the 1960 “Wade In” civil rights protests in Biloxi.

  • $870

    GRACE Mississippi, Inc.

    Mississippi Native Daughters Speak

    Public program in Oakland featuring three African American female writers discussing experiences under segregation in Mississippi.

  • $7,500

    University of Southern Mississippi

    Measure of Progress: The Clyde Kennard Story

    Documentary film project on the life of Clyde Kennard, who tried and failed to integrate the University of Southern Mississippi in the late 1950s. The film will hopefully be used in new student orientation and diversity training programs.

  • $6,200

    Rosedale Freedom Project

    Film Making for Freedom

    Year-long film making workshop for 30 students in Rosedale. Workshop activities will include critical film viewing followed by hands-on training in researching, writing, and producing short films. Participants will create films that share their personal stories about growing up in a poor, rural community. The films will then be shown during a public program.

  • $4,000

    Hattiesburg Cultural and Social Services Center

    The Open D.O.O.R.S. Project: Phase Two

    Support for a creative public presentation that will conclude a series of community conversations about race and racism in Tupelo.

  • $7,500

    From the Heart Productions

    Fannie Lou Hamer’s America

    Documentary film project told through speeches, interviews, and songs of sharecropper-turned-civil-rights-activist Fannie Lou Hamer. A film trailer for the project can be viewed here.

  • $4,000

    Historic Natchez Foundation

    Telling Our Own Story: Untold Natchez History of African American Women & Girls

    Support for first steps in a larger program to create heritage tourism opportunities for African Americans in Natchez. This grant will focus on the history of African American women and includes multiple public events related to food heritage, storytelling, and poetry.

  • $4,500

    Flyzone, Inc.

    L.I.F.E. Summit 2017

    One-day conference for Mississippi Delta youths examining issues of race, inspired by the recent court-ordered desegregation of schools in Bolivar County.

  • $897

    Delta State University

    The Delta Health Center: America’s First Rural Community Health Center and the Struggle for Racial Equity

    Public dialogue highlighting the inequity, institutional barriers, grassroots activism, and collaborations focused on rural health care.

  • $5,000

    Jackson State University

    Angie Thomas: “The Hate U Give” and the Young Adult Social Action

    Community forum with novelist Angie Thomas discussing the importance on social justice issues and creative writing workshop with high school and college students in the area.

  • $3,630

    Jackson State University

    A Place for All People

    The Margaret Walker Center has installed the exhibition “A Place for All People” at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility and Parchman Penitentiary. This exhibit details the history of the national Museum of African American History and Culture, built and opened on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

  • $7,500

    Delta State University

    Winning the Race Conference 2018

    Delta State will host the second installment of their High School Leadership Forum during the conference to discuss race related issues and implement a pre-conference meeting for forum participants

  • $4,500

    Mississippi Today

    Beautiful Agitators

    Performance and public discussion in Cleveland, Mississippi about Mississippi’s civil rights history and its legacy today. The post-performance discussion will center o nthe current relevance of the themes addressed in the play including voting rights, police violence, and civil rights education.

  • $2,000

    Galloway United Methodist Church

    The Kneel-Ins: The Voices, The Vision Forward

    Series of public events highlighting the significance of the 1963-1964 “kneel in” movement in Jackson and the role of churches in denouncing racial injustice throughout the community.

  • $2,000

    The Mississippi Youth Media Project

    “Mis-education: Caught in the Middle in JPS”

    This project will produce a film and articles by local youth focused on current status of Jackson Public Schools.

  • $5,000

    Oxford Film Festival

    Film Screening and Discussion on Restorative Justice

    The Oxford Film Festival and the William Winter Institute will partner to celebrate Black History Month through a screening of the documentary feature film “Circles,” which tells a personal story about restorative justice.

  • $6,000

    Mississippi Rising Coalition

    Dialogue on Race in Mississippi

    Series of public discussions related to race in Mississippi and the United States. The goal is to facilitate increased understanding among participants about the continuing impact of racism.

  • $2,000

    Khafre, Inc.

    6th Annual Sweat Equity Investment in the Cotton Kingdom Symposium

    Khafre will collaborate with Mississippi Valley State University to host and organize this interdisciplinary convening on the cotton kingdom, sharecropping, and the cultural significance of cotton pickers to the success of the American economy and culture.

  • $4,100

    Springboard to Opportunities

    Hearing the Past, Shaping Our Future

    Middle school students will be trained in historical research techniques and oral histories. Students will have the opportunity to interview veterans of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi and create books with visual and narrative elements based on their learning experience.

  • $1,800

    Sunflower County Freedom Project

    Racial Equity Arts Programming

    7th-12th grade students from the Mississippi Delta will collaborate with the University of Mississippi Drama Department to produce their annual production and community discussion focused on race, privilege, and social justice.

  • $4,500

    Mississippi Museum of Art

    Bringing Forward the Past: Art, Identity, and the American South

    Day and a half long interdisciplinary symposium that will convene artists, curators, scholars, and the public to explore issues related to identity, race, indigeneity, trauma, and memory.

  • $2,000

    The Library of Hattiesburg Petal Forrest County

    Celebrating African American History & Culture

    Citizens of Forrest County (and the general public) will explore key moments of the African American experience through history, photography, literature, film and food ways in a month long series of programs at the Hattiesburg Library.

  • $5,000

    Delta Hands for Hope

    MLK Youth Weekend

    Youth across Mississippi will come together over Martin Luther King, Jr. week for activities related to racial reconciliation and service learning.