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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Racial Equity Funded Projects:
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.
Summer Extended: The Movement is the People–50 Years Ago Today—
Grenada 1966 Freedom Movement
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.
The Roots of Sunflower County Strategic Planning Project
Living in the City that I.T. Montgomery Built
Racial Equity Partnership: MS Civil Rights Teachers and Training Institute
“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.
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.
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.
Behind the Big House Program & Tour
Support for annual tour and public programs examining the history of slaves and their dwellings in Holly Springs.
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.
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.
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.
#WakeUp 2017 Spring Production
Support for a student theatrical production addressing contemporary racial issues.
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.
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.
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.
A series of public workshops addressing issues of police-community relations centered on the idea of empathy.
Wade in Witness Remembrance Program and Roll Call
Public program commemorating the 1960 “Wade In” civil rights protests in Biloxi.
Mississippi Native Daughters Speak
Public program in Oakland featuring three African American female writers discussing experiences under segregation in 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MLK Youth Weekend
Youth across Mississippi will come together over Martin Luther King, Jr. week for activities related to racial reconciliation and service learning.