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shley Sullivan describes her first year teaching in 2011 like other first-year teachers: difficult. Forest Hill High School hired Sullivan to teach Art I, but she and some of her students were not satisfied with the school’s meager art-class offerings. Sullivan says that when started at Forest Hill, the school only taught Art I and Art II classes. During her third year at Forest Hill, which was last school year, things began to change for Sullivan, 30, and the school’s art program. “With the coming and going of different teachers, I kind of ended up in the position to be head art teacher,” she says. “From there, I just took it.” Now, as her fourth year approaches, Forest Hill will offer an Art III and an Advanced Placement Art class. During July, Sullivan spent a week training at Rice University in Houston, Texas, to receive her certification to teach AP Art in the fall. The school now has an Art Club, as well. “I had kids who wanted me to start (one),” she says. “They seemed really interested so I just went from there.” Around 25 students are regularly involved with the club. “We’ve toured the Belhaven art department,” Sullivan says. “We go to museums, obviously the Mississippi Museum of Art, (but) we’ve also been to Ocean Springs to visit the Walter Anderson Museum.” The club also participated in the FIGMENT Jackson House Blend Design Compe-


tition last spring, where they won the People’s Choice award. Sullivan says the Art Club will be involved in the FIGMENT Jackson arts festival in Midtown Oct. 18. Sullivan, who graduated from Lambuth University in Jackson, Tenn., with a bachelor’s degree in visual arts in 2007 and Belhaven University with a master’s in education in 2012, says the improved art program at Forest Hill has helped the students who are involved. “It’s given them a place to fit in,” she says. “… You have kids who do sports and other things, but art is something different that a lot of kids, especially my kids, have never really thought about as an outlet or had the opportunity to have (as) an outlet.” Not only has Sullivan and art helped Forest Hill students socially, but some students have also seen fast, positive results, including a student receiving an honorable mention in the Scholastic Art Competition this past year. “It’s something that he would not have ever thought of doing before,” Sullivan says. As the school year is about to start, Sullivan says she hopes she can keep the program’s momentum going and further develop it, adding Art IV classes, as well as more AP classes. “I don’t think a lot of them have really had art or been taught about art and all the things you can do with art,” Sullivan says. “It’s kind of given those who didn’t have a place before to find something that they like and works for them.” —Mary Kate McGowan

Cover photo of (from left) Malaysia McCoy, Tralexis Earvin, Markessa McCoy and Jayla Johnson by Trip Burns

10 Ready to Run

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24 Canning Summer

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27 Letting Children Lead

“The simplicity of the exhibit draws you into the scenes, showcasing Freedom Summer’s unsung heroes, many of whom were children.” —Carmen Cristo, “The Children Will Lead Them”

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by Amber Helsel, Assistant Editor

Expanding Horizons Through Reading


hen I was in elementary school, I was heavily into the Accelerated Reading program. I read all the books I could so I could get one of those flexible sticky-hands or any of the other prizes offered. It was like a competition to see just how many books I could read. What that program did was use positive re-enforcement to get us to understand the value of reading and learning. By the time I got to middle school and was no longer an Accelerated Reader, I had already become a bookworm. Throughout middle school and high school, I prided myself on being a fast reader; I read “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” in an entire day and still sometimes read that fast. But for many students, the Accelerated Reading program wasn’t enough. I read a lot before then, so it came natural to me. But by the time many students got to high school, they lost that love for books and learning. Reading is Fun reports that 53 percent of 4th graders read for fun, but for 8th graders, the number drops to 20 percent. reports that 33 percent of high-school graduates and 42 percent of college graduates never pick up a book after graduation. Eighty percent of U.S. families never buy books. But Reading is Fun also reports that 4th graders who have more than 25 books at their house test better than those who don’t. Income levels too often determine a love of reading and reading skills; i.e., those who are from a higher income bracket and have easier access to books are more likely to be proficient in reading and go further in life. But even those from a lower bracket can still excel if they are exposed to books. Researchers generally agree, though, that low-income children have a greater learning loss during the

summer than those who come from highincome backgrounds, so they may not be as proficient in reading. Those who don’t read enough as children and who subsequently don’t have great reading skills often have harder lives than their counterparts. reports that two-thirds of students who can’t read proficiently by the end of 4th grade

You get to travel to many different places and become different characters. will end up in jail or on welfare. The site also reports that 16- to 19-year-old girls who live at poverty level with poor reading skills are more likely to have children born out of wedlock. I’m a firm believer in the idea that if you want to get a great education, have a successful career and be a generally wellrounded person, the first step is reading. If it hadn’t been for the love of books instilled in me at an early age, I probably wouldn’t be where I am today. But I’m just one person who took something as gim-

micky as Accelerated Reading and turned it into something that persists today. Not everyone can say the same thing. What are the benefits of books and reading? You learn about different cultures and customs. You get to travel to many different places and become different characters. You have the ability to further your knowledge of things you already know about and also find new ideas and ways of thinking. You’re introduced to new perspectives and get to explore distant lands. If you have a bad day, a good book can make you laugh. No matter what’s going on in your life, if you just sit down to read a book, you get to escape and be someone else for a while. One could say that reading even gives a person a better sense of empathy. Maybe you meet someone similar to a character in a book and though a book isn’t exactly like the real world, you can still empathize a little better. And did I say that you get to be someone else? Oscar Wilde once said: “It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” On another note, reading introduces children to the possibility of being writers themselves. Through reading, they improve their comprehension and vocabulary and may discover that they like the idea of writing novels. You may have the next Richard Wright or J.K. Rowling on your hands. But it’s not enough to simply try to get children to like reading in elementary school and then ruin that love by forcefeeding students books. That’s how a lot of my classmates began hating reading. Reading became a chore to them because we knew we would be tested on what we learned. I even fell privy to that, which is why, to this day, I’ve never read “The Diary of Anne Frank” and remember noth-

ing from “The Hobbit.” Scholastic has a few suggestions to get students to read more. Instead of a standard testing format, why not have a discussion or do a short essay? Find books that interest them. Introduce them to the classics but also let them read something that will be interesting to them. If they aren’t interested, let them move on to the next book. What turns people off to reading is being forced to do it. Let them read at their own pace. Not everyone reads fast and some people take more time to absorb information. Besides giving children more access to books, I think the key is to not force children to read. Yes, they need to read in school, but if you know they won’t like the selection, choose something else. In eighth grade, we had to read books like “The B.F.G.,” “The Giver” and “James and the Giant Peach,” and you know what? I enjoyed reading those books and still regard them as some of my favorites. The college graduate statistic is probably true. Life simply gets too busy as an adult. These days, it’s hard for me to find a time to read, since I don’t get many moments to myself anymore. I plan to remedy that. Whether you read or not as an adult, it’s important to teach children the value of reading. No matter how you do it, remember to introduce them to a variety of books. And, teachers, I know it’s important to read in school but don’t make your students hate it. All of us should step up and help out the next generation. These kids are the future of the U.S. and the world. Let them discover themselves through reading. Assistant Editor Amber Helsel received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ole Miss. She is short, always hungry and always thinking.

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Mary Kate McGowan

Carmen Cristo

Trip Burns

R.L. Nave

Anna Wolfe

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Editorial Intern Mary Kate McGowan, a senior communication and English major at Mississippi State University, is a Starkville Free Press writer. She wrote the cover story.

Feature Writer and Tishomingo County native Carmen Cristo studied journalism at Mississippi State. She likes Food Network, ’90s music and her husband. She helped Girls Scouts gather back-to-school accessories for this issue.

Staff Photographer Trip Burns is a graduate of the University of Mississippi, where he studied English and sociology. He enjoys the films of Stanley Kubrick. He took many photos for the issue.

R.L. Nave, native Missourian and news editor, roots for St. Louis (and the Mizzou Tigers)—and for Jackson. Send him news tips at rlnave@ or call him at 601-362-6121 ext. 12. He wrote news stories.

Investigative Reporter Anna Wolfe, a Tacoma, Wash., native, studied at Mississippi State. Email her at or call her with news tips at 601-362-6121 ext. 20. She wrote news stories.

Music Editor Micah Smith is a graduate of Mississippi College and has neither an eye patch nor a soul patch. When not at home with his wife Jeana and dog Zelda, he performs with the band Empty Atlas. He wrote a music story..

Editorial Intern Jared Boyd is an Ole Miss senior studying Broadcast Journalism. The Memphis native writes for the school paper and hosts his own urban-music-mix show on Rebel Radio. He factchecked for the issue.

Advertising Director Kimberly Griffin is a fitness buff and foodie who loves chocolate and her mama. She’s also Michelle Obama’s super secret BFF, which explains the Secret Service detail.

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I just found your article regarding the state flag (Donna Ladd, Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Note, Oct. 30, 2013) and agree with you 100 percent about it needing to be changed. I personally believe the best path to having it replaced is for business and higher education leaders (including football coaches) to quietly press the Legislature and governor, much the same way it happened in Georgia when it changed its state flag. If memory serves correctly, the CEO of Home Depot and President Jimmy Carter were instrumental in bringing about change in Georgia. I personally lobbied for the return of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Magnolia flagâ&#x20AC;? as a compromise. Unfortunately, our state Legislature is riddled with â&#x20AC;&#x153;good-ole-boysâ&#x20AC;? who are perfectly happy with the status-quo. Best of luck in this endeavor.

I am a life-long resident of the state and grew up in the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;50s and â&#x20AC;&#x2122;60s, as the Jim Crow era transitioned into more complex strategies with the passage of federal laws that address the legal and inalienable rights of all the citizens of this country. I am concerned with Chris McDanielâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perception of Mississippi. He runs on a platform based on prayer in schools, against â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Affordable Care Act,â&#x20AC;? for the right to carry a gun, and curtailing federal expenditures. He speaks of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mississippi valuesâ&#x20AC;? with what seems to be an unquestionable reverence. I love Mississippi. My ancestors helped build this state with their blood, sweat and astronomical sacrifices. In our state, modern day Jim Crowism and Reconstructionism make for strange bedfellows. We seem to walk a fine line trying to stifle the progress of people of color, yet project a semblance of advancement. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s take an honest look at our state. It

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has several glaring issues, but one that strikes my heart the deepest is the condition of the Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility, which is run by a private firm. This facility is located only 70 miles from state Sen. Chris McDanielâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jackson offices. Judge Carleton Reeves, the U.S. district court judge for the South Mississippi, wrote in a 2012 court order that conditions at the Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility violated state, federal and criminal laws, and the Constitution of the United Statesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;yes, the same Constitution that allows you to carry a gun to church. Evidence gathered for a report by the Justice Department and a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) painted a picture of such horror that should not occur anywhere in the civilized world. The kids housed in this facility were subjected to physical and sexual mistreatment, and perhaps worst of all, psychological abuse, including long-term solitary confinement for minor offenses. The guards regularly had sex with their young charges. The guards sold drugs on site and staged Gladiator-style fights. Efforts are underway to clean up and clear out Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility, which one judge called a cesspool where children as young as 13 received inhumane treatment. According to the Census Bureau, Mis-

sissippi is the poorest state in the U.S. Twenty-two percent of residents live below the poverty level. In 2011, Mississippi spent over $1.5 billion on welfare, and in 2012, one in five Mississippians received food stamps, the highest rate of reliance on food assistance in the nation. Our state leads the nation in a number of health-care problems. According to the 2013 edition of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Health Rankings, 770,000 adults are obese, and almost 280,000 adults have diabetes in the state. We have the highest rate of heart disease and second highest rate of diabetes. Mississippi also has the highest rate of single-parent households, the lowest average life expectancy, the highest rate of teenage pregnancy, and one of the lowest levels of adult literacy in the nation. Mississippi, dominated by conservative politicians, has health care, income and economic disparities that are some of the worst in the United States. If we keep holding on to our prejudices and fail to make a serious and sustained effort to upgrade the welfare of all our citizens, then I guess it will continue to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;status quoâ&#x20AC;? or worse, and Sen. Chris McDaniel will continue to smile when uses the term â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mississippi values.â&#x20AC;? J. Ted Williams, Hattiesburg, Miss.

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Thursday, July 24 The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees offer competing proposals to fix problems in the veteransâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; health care program, both of which would scale back separate Houseand Senate-passed bills calling for more than $35 billion. Friday, July 25 The U.S. and Ukraine charge Russia with launching artillery attacks from its soil on Ukrainian troops and preparing to move heavier weaponry across the border, while Russia accuses Washington of lying and charges Ukraine with firing across the border on a Russian village. â&#x20AC;Ś During a meeting at the White House, President Obama urges the presidents of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families crossing the southwest border of the U.S. Saturday, July 26 Israel agrees to extend a humanitarian cease-fire that began Saturday to 24 hours, but Hamas refuses to do the same.

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Sunday, July 27 Ukrainian armed forces mount an onslaught against pro-Russian separatist fighters in an attempt to gain control over the Malaysia Airlines crash site, while the U.S. Director of National Intelligence releases satellite images he says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into Ukraine and that heavy artillery for separatists has crossed the border.


Monday, July 28 House and Senate negotiators agree on a $17 billion emergency spending plan to fix the veterans health program after more than six weeks of talks. â&#x20AC;Ś The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rules Virginiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. Tuesday, July 29 Democratic and Republican members of Congress move to seal a $225 million boost to Israelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Iron Dome missile defense system before they break for a recess.

Old Ghosts to Haunt City Budget Plans by R.L. Nave


ackson city officials like to talk about the $1.25 billion worth of investment slated to come to the capital through infrastructure upgrades in the coming years. Yet, because of problems that have mounted over the past few years, Jackson could face as much as a $14 million budget deficit that will require deep cuts to popular city services, Mayor Tony Yarber said during his first state of the city address on July 24. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sacrifices will have to be made for the greater good of our communities. No longer can we afford to carry out functions that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lead to the progressive genesis we seek. For example, what does it profit the city to devote $500,000 in support to a venue and only receive $20,000 in return?â&#x20AC;? Yarber said without mentioning any specific programs. The problem is that there arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a whole lot of obvious candidates for cuts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a budget thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s carrying a lot of fat,â&#x20AC;? said Ward 2 Councilman Melvin Priester Jr., who also chairs the city councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finance committee. In the coming weeks, Yarber and his budget office will present a financial plan to the city council and Jackson citizens, through budget hearings. Despite a 1-percent sales tax hike that citizens passed in January, which is projected to add approximately $300 million to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coffers, and water and sewer fee hikes that went

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Wednesday, July 23 House Republicans and Senate Democrats advance competing proposals for dealing with tens of thousands of young migrants showing up at the southern border, with each side ruling the otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s approach unacceptable.


Ward 2 Councilman Melvin Priester Jr. and other city officials are preparing to cut programs to balance the city budget.

into effect last year, balancing the budget could prove difficult. The reasons are myriad, Priester said. In the last budget cycle, Jackson dodged a bullet when Jackson Public Schools asked the city council, which sets millage (tax) rates according to what JPS needs to operate, for less money. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We got breathing room from giving JPS fewer mills. This year, without question, giving them the full amount of the mills,â&#x20AC;? Priester said. In addition, Jackson recently started

paying back $1.9 million in community development block grant funds that failed to meet federal guidelines. Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development determined that Jackson allocated money for several ineligible CDBG projects including for small-business development, the Roberts Hotel, the Electric Building and Metro Market Place, according to a January letter from HUD. Other budget wild cards include


uncertainty around a pair of road-repair projects on Fortification and Capitol streets that recently hit snags. In his first state of the city address since becoming mayor, Yarber painted a hopeful picture of the capital cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future, but said the road forward would be arduous. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I cannot promise you that this will be easy. I cannot promise you that every

decision I make will be popular. I cannot promise you that we wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have shortcomings,â&#x20AC;? Yarber said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There will be growing pains, and there will be bruises, but together we can take the necessary steps to make this city what we desire it to be.â&#x20AC;? While heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Budget Committee chairman, Priester would like to implement


a priority-based budgeting process that would involve soliciting input from citizens to rank the effectiveness of city services and developing metrics for spending based on the highest priorities. Ward 4 Councilman Deâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Keither Stamps called Yarberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s speech â&#x20AC;&#x153;positiveâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;encouraging,â&#x20AC;? and agreed that budget makers will have to prioritize city spending

to maximize return-on-investment, but he stopped short of naming any specific programs that need to be cut or reviewed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a lot of issues around the city of Jackson; we have to invest our dollars (wisely),â&#x20AC;? Stamps told the Jackson Free Press Monday. Comment at Email R.L. Nave at

Pro-lifers Lose Big Legal Battle, Take Aim at JPD by Anna Wolfe



s the Jackson Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Health size, number and offensiveness of the signs â&#x20AC;Ś we probably would have just let it ride, routinely harassed pro-life citizens, who have Organization celebrates a 5th displayed in front of businesses across the but these were horrible,â&#x20AC;? Peters said. been peacefully exercising their legal right to U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals street from the clinic, including a familyâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Every five feet there was just another oppose abortion in the public square and ofruling handed down Tuesday oriented restaurant with outdoor seating. one, another one, another one.â&#x20AC;? fer information about life-affirming alternaallowing the clinic to continue operatTo some Jacksonians, the images Instead of ignoring the protesters as he tives to women seeking abortion.â&#x20AC;? ing, controversy continues to churn at the werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just offensive. Mike Peters, owner of usually would, Peters walked outside, picked The suit was filed one day after the Crestateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only abortion clinic. But this time, the building across the street from the clinic, up each sign on the sidewalk, took them to ated Equal video was posted, showing police the City of Jackson and its police are in the Fondren Corner, found the signs disturbing, his buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basement and locked them up officers standing idly by and watching Peters crosshairs of pro-life groups. Together, the distracting and, most importantly, illegal. without saying a word. take the protestersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; signs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m dealing with recent ruling and pending lawsuit bring Jackson city ordinances prohibit porâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Please do not steal our property,â&#x20AC;? one something right now,â&#x20AC;? one officer said as he the abortion debate back to the watched and sipped a to-go cup fore for Jackson residents. of coffee. On July 17, an out-of-state Peters said he believes anti-abortion activist group the police did not arrest him becalled Created Equal visited cause the protesters were already the Jackson Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Health violating Jackson ordinances. Organization in large numbers â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think they knew that, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Well, with sandwich-board signs diswhy should we arrest him for playing large, gruesome images doing this, and yet weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re letting of destroyed fetuses. This week, them break the law, too? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a different group called Opera- An out-of-state anti-abortion organization claims its rights were violated when Fondren Cornerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s owner took their not right,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Peters said. sandwich boards from the sidewalk in front of his buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s storefronts across the street from the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only abortion clinic. tion Save America set up shop Created Equal complains that at the clinic as well as in front the police did not stop Peters of Jackson police headquarters downtown. table signs. That morning, however, Jackson protester said as shown in a video posted by from violating their First Amendment rights, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to get them to think, police officers allowed the protesters to prop Created Equal, which went viral last week. even though the protesters got their signs and the pictures do that,â&#x20AC;? Mark Her- their portable signs on the sidewalks. No one attempted to physically stop Peters back unharmed later. rington, executive director of Created Peters said he believed this was due to from taking their equipment. Defendants named in the suit include Equal, told the Jackson Free Press in a orders from the city attorneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office to JackPeters said an officer threatened that he former Police Chief Lindsey Horton, whose telephone interview. son Police Department not to intervene. would be arrested if he continued to take the retirement was announced July 21, ComThe clinic and its staff are familiar Herrington said the police gave differ- anti-abortion groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s signs, but Peters was mander James McGowan and several other with having protesters on and around their ing sets of instructions to the protesters dur- never cuffed, and no charges were ever filed. JPD officers. Shelia Byrd, city hall spokesproperty and being the center of contro- ing the time they were there. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They actually â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not mad at you,â&#x20AC;? Peters told the woman, declined comment, citing the pendversy. Despite their victory in a U.S. ap- changed their minds a couple times, telling JPD officer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to do what- ing lawsuit. peals court, in which the court found an us we had to hold the signs, and then they ever youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to do. But Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to do what Meanwhile, JWHO awaits the next admitting privilege law designed to close told us we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to hold them. I mean, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to do.â&#x20AC;? piece of anti-abortion legislation intended the clinic unconstitutional, JWHO owner there was just utter confusion on their end of The group plans to file charges against to close their clinic, and Peters is still receivDiane Derzis knows the war is not over. things,â&#x20AC;? Herrington said. Peters as long as they are able to circumvent ing obscene calls from anti-abortion activists â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s definitely not over. This is a battle After receiving complaints from busi- the â&#x20AC;&#x153;technicality that I have to physically be across the nation. in an ongoing war,â&#x20AC;? Derzis told the Jackson ness owners in Fondren Corner, Peters told thereâ&#x20AC;? to sign the affidavit, Herrington said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you live in a democracy, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Free Press Tuesday right after the ruling. his tenants that he would â&#x20AC;&#x153;be the bad guyâ&#x20AC;? On July 23, the Life Legal Defense messy,â&#x20AC;? Herrington said, paraphrasing PresiThe same can be said about the July and decided to dismantle the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s display Foundation filed a lawsuit on behalf of the dent Obama, about abortion, protesting and 17 anti-abortion protest, which has thrust himself. The signs, he said, almost prompted anti-abortion activist group, Pro-Life Missis- free speech. everyone involved in the abortion fight one business owner to close for the day. sippi, against JPD. Read more about the 5th Circuit decision into further litigation. What made that â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was horrible. If they would have had In the complaint, filed in federal court at Email investigative reporter Anna protest different from others was the sheer little signs like most of the locals have now in Jackson, the group alleges that JPD â&#x20AC;&#x153;has Wolfe at


TALK | politics

LGBT Pols Ready to Play in State by R.L. Nave



ith black folks playing the public official who is outâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Mercedes candidates on ballots in a year or two. On spoiler in the Mississippi Ricks, an alderwoman in Magnolia. their recent swing through Mississippi, Republican Senate primary, Ricks, a native of Colombia and a Leeds and the fundâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s political director, Jabucking many traditional business owner, helped Magnolia (popu- son Burns, met with several potential cannotions about how politics work in the lation 2,420) pass one of eight equality didates whom they declined to identify. Magnolia State, gay, lesbian, â&#x20AC;&#x153;If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not intimibisexual and transgender dated going into it, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re people are making a politiprobably underestimatcal play of their own. ing whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s neededâ&#x20AC;? to win The Washington, elected office, especially if D.C.-based Gay & Lesyouâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re LGBT, Burns said. bian Victory Fund recently The prospects are began holding meetings a little less intimidating around the state to start if you consider the Vicscouting potential LGBT tory Fundâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s track record. office seekers. In 2006, the fund got inâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking to volved when the Alabama build the bench,â&#x20AC;? the fundâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Democratic Party tried to deputy political director, toss an openly gay canNancy Leeds, told the Jackdidate for state House of son Free Press. Representatives named Founded in 1991 Patricia Todd, of BirmingMercedes Ricks, an alderwoman in Magnolia, is the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only openly gay public official, but a movement is under way to change that. and organized as a politiham, off the ballot. The cal-action committee, the fund called in the big guns, nonpartisan Victory Fund getting former presidential provides training and other candidate and Democratic supports to LGBT candidates. To take resolutions around the state, including National Committee Chairman Howard advantage of the fundâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs, candi- Jackson, which passed an anti-discrimi- Dean and pumping $100,000 in lawyersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; dates have to be openly LGBT, support nation ordinance in early June. Statewide fees on Toddâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s behalf. reproductive freedom, have community support for LGBT community members They succeeded in getting Todd back support and be viable. has congealed around opposition to a new on the ticket and, since her election, the Those resources include access to the state law that took effect on July 1, the Victory Fund boasts that no anti-equality fundâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s political strategists, which is like Religious Freedom Restoration Act. legislation has been debated on the Alagetting free political consulting, as well as When proposed in the Legislature, bama House floor. the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s network of financial donors, the RFRA proposal stirred fervent debate Over the years, the fund has endorsed including some of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest cor- between its supporters and civil-liberties 150 candidates for office and all but five porations and foundations. groups who believed the bill would lead have been Democratsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;four were RepubThe Victory Fund is focusing on 10 to legal anti-gay discrimination. After the licans, and one is an independentâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but states that have no openly LGBT mem- bill passed, albeit modified from its origi- Leeds and Burns say they would like to bers of their legislatures, but are recruiting nal form, the Human Rights Campaign meet with Mississippi Republicans. candidates from local boards and commis- announced a plan to hang out shingles in They are also planning more outsions on up. This spring, an openly gay Mississippi and other southern states to reach to the transgender communities man named Marco McMillan was found lobby for equal-rights protections. and LGBT communities of color. Laudead while running for mayor of ClarksThe Victory Fund is hoping to har- rie Bertram Roberts, a social-justice acdale. Currently, Mississippi has only one ness that energy to get a handful of LGBT tivist and Jackson Free Press columnist,

said with Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nearly 40 percent African American population, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s critical to seek out LGBT candidates beyond gay, white, cisgender, middle-class men. (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cisgenderâ&#x20AC;? is the opposite of transgender.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Clearly weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re here, and some of us would be viable candidates,â&#x20AC;? said Roberts, who is bisexual. Roberts declined to say if she is contemplating a run for public office, but believes that Jackson, once named home to the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most same-sex couples raising children, is a natural launch pad for the political career of an LGBT person. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the biggest city, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the capital city. To be honest, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m surprised that no one has run in Jackson,â&#x20AC;? she said. Comment at Email R.L. Nave at

HILL TO HEAD STATE HRC Human Rights Campaignâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Project One America started in 2014 to expand LGBT equality by using HRC resources to place permanent campaigns in Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas. HRC announced Tuesday that United Methodist preacher Rob Hill will lead as HRC Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s state director. Hill, who is gay, grew up in Mississippi and has led as the pastor of Broadmeadow United Methodist Church in Jackson for nine years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No matter what, we are all Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s children,â&#x20AC;? Hill said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even though we disagree on various issues, our values in the Magnolia State teach us to love everyone.â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Anna Wolfe

July 30 - August 5, 2014






TALK | religion


by Anna Wolfe


will be given permission to enter its sovereign territory. Moses recognized this, and so should we. The only exception is under circumstances of a just war,” Fischer wrote in a July 9 blog. AFA’s own attorney, Patrick Vaughn, however, calls migrants “risk-taking doers.” “The fact is that 60 or 70 or 90,000 children are not a difficult thing for our society to absorb. We will probably abort approximately 1 million of our own babies this year, so absorbing 100,000 children from Central American—that just kind of puts that in perspective as not being that many kids. Our society and economy could easily support them,” Vaughn said this week. Still, many conservatives, including


eligious leaders, political figures and hyperbolic talking heads have yet to reach a consensus on the Bible’s application to the issue of immigration in the United States. Gov. Phil Bryant, who considers himself a devout Christian, wrote a July 18, 2014, letter to President Obama expressing outrage at the U.S.’s growing trend of taking in and helping migrant children. It began: “I am writing to express my deep concern regarding the ongoing crisis at the United States’ southern border. Illegal aliens—many unaccompanied children—are flooding into our country in record numbers.” A July 22 response to Bryant’s letter highlighted the confusion associated with

On June 20, 2014, a Central American migrant carrying a small child waits alongside a stuck northbound freight train, outside Reforma de Pineda, Chiapas state, Mexico.

Christian hypocrisy. Democratic U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson wrote: “As a Christian who is the product of a similar religious tradition to Governor Bryant, I have great difficulty in understanding the position he is taking with respect to treatment of these children in this humanitarian crisis.” Bryant is not the only one who opposes opening U.S. borders to children facing violence in their home countries while also claiming his worldviews are guided by Christian ideology. Bryan Fischer of the Tupelo-based American Family Association, a Christian nonprofit devoted to imposing the gospel on national policy, said that the Bible emphasizes the importance of borders, implying that a nation’s boundary lines are more important than a “do unto your neighbor” ethos. “Each nation’s sovereignty is marked by its boundary, and each nation has the moral right to decide who

Vaughn, agree on one thing: U.S.’s immigration problem is what Fischer calls a “man-caused disaster.” “I think the issue with children currently is somewhat of a manufactured crisis that the president allowed to happen because he thought it would advance his agenda,” Vaughn said. In 2012, President Obama signed an executive order to stop deportation of undocumented child migrants in the U.S. This, which some on the right have categorized as “amnesty,” is the “manufactured crisis” Vaughn refers to. The order did not guarantee citizenship for those migrants, nor was it a permanent solution to the problems facing the nation’s southern border. In Phil Bryant’s July 18 letter to the president, he said he plans to prohibit the federal government from housing large numbers of new illegal immigrants in Mississippi.

“(It) is unfair to expect the states to bear the costs of a problem created by the federal government’s failure to enforce the law,” Bryant said. But many people of faith say this isn’t in line with the Christian values Bryant declares. Father Jerry Tobin, a founding member of Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance, said one Bible verse is especially clear on the issue of immigration: Leviticus 19:33-34. “When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God,” reads the New International Version. Tobin said that Bible verses that mention national borders, like the ones Fischer cites, do not have cultural significance today and do not trump the universal Christian message that calls people to help others. “I think that’s garbage. Borders are not biblical. I think what the right wing is doing to religion is twisting it to fit their own bigoted racist ideology,” Tobin said, who admits he is not a biblical literalist. “That doesn’t even make sense in the present context.” At a press conference at the MIRA offices in Jackson Thursday, the Christian story of the “good Samaritan” resonated with the speakers and guests in attendance. Many of the speakers called Mississippians to welcome children migrants and ensure their protection. Amelia McGowan, an immigration attorney in Vicksburg and Christian, urged national and state leaders to respect the law, specifically the due process protection given to everyone in the United States, regardless of citizenship, in the fourteenth amendment. “Will we, as Mississippians, truly be committed to the rule of law? Will we fight to ensure that all individuals within our state and nation receive the constitutional protections to which they are entitled?” McGowan asked. “Or will we forget that we are a nation of laws and the hospitality state and drown in the political grandstanding?” The law, Tobin said, should “reflect justice, not the other way around.” Children migrating to the United States from Central America face violence in their countries that give them valid claims for asylum, he said. “Children are a blessing rather than a curse,” Vaughn said. “We’re getting the very best asset that Guatemala or Honduras has—their people.” Comment at Email Anna Wolfe at

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TALK | education

‘Grade Recovery’ Benefits Disputed by Mary Kate McGowan


July 30 - August 5, 2014


‘He’s Not Going to Pass’ This does not sit well with Phillips, and she said other Forest Hill teachers were upset as well because students who did not attend class and did not perform well in class graduated. She gave as an example a student who was not attending class and received multiple disciplinary actions such as suspension was allow to graduate. “The whole year we were like, ‘He’s not going to pass,’ and he did. He walked. He graduated because of credit recovery,” she said. “He’s a smart kid. I’m sure he got something out of the credit recovery, but where do you draw the line in saying in saying, ‘you can make up this class in two days?’” A science teacher also told Phillips of another student who used credit recovery. “A student attended her class two days the entire year and went to credit recovery for two days and got that science credit to graduate,” Phillips said. The teacher told Phillips the student completed course recovery in two days with a 40 percent overall grade. Phillips said she has not experienced course recovery before this year. “To my knowledge, I know for a fact that many of the other teachers in the building were extremely surprised. They didn’t understand what’s happening, and how all of the sudden these kids who failed them—like, rocked a 20 (percent) all year—were graduating,” she said. Because the program focused mainly on senior students, senior teachers were greatly affected. “It seemed to me from the senior teach-

ers I interacted with that they were all fairly incredulous like didn’t see it coming by a mile,” she said. Not a new practice Freddrick Murray, executive director of Jackson Public Schools’ high school division, said credit recovery has been around for years, but the district started using a new program called Odysseyware at the end of the year. At its Feb. 4 meeting, the Jackson PubCOURTESY SARAH PHILLIPS

hile sitting in the Mississippi Coliseum on May 28, a terrible feeling came over Sarah Phillips, then a third-year Algebra I teacher, who was attending Forest Hill High School’s graduation ceremony. “When I went to graduation, I (could) count a handful at least of students that have no business graduating,” Phillips said. Phillips was upset about the school’s credit-recovery program, which allows students to earn course credit after receiving a failing grade in a class. She said she started hearing from teachers that students were being allowed to go into the school’s computer lab, log on to a special software program and make up for a year’s worth of coursework. “So, you fail government, or you fail chemistry, or you fail something that is required, you’re not going to graduate, right? Well, these kids are being allowed to go into a computer lab and maybe one or two days of what is called ‘credit recovery,’ and then have credit for the class for an entire year,” Phillips said.

Sarah Phillips, a former Forest Hill math teacher, is concerned that the district has a so-called grade recovery program that allows failing students to pass a course after taking a short computer course.

lic Schools board of trustees unanimously approved Odysseyware for student use. Murray said Odysseyware is a web- and research-based program that students can complete when they have failed a course or skill. Students take a diagnostic test to access what needs to be addressed in the program and can work on the program wherever they have Internet access. But students must take all assessments at school while being monitored. “What the student can recover depends on the student. It could take the student days, or it could take the student weeks to recover credit,” he said. “So it’s not unusual to recover credit quickly. It just depends on how hard they work.” Murray said the program definitely affects graduation rates, and that was the reason JPS purchased the program. He said it gives students an opportunity to be successful. “We have students that are over-aged (for high school), and sometimes you’ll find that over-aged students have hopelessness,” Murray said. “They end up making the decision to drop out because they don’t see an end-goal. They don’t think they can make it

to graduation.” Although its goal is to increase graduation rates, some teachers do not believe students benefit from the program. Another Forest Hill teacher, who asked that her name not be used, taught in JPS for two-and-a-half years before moving on to the Long Beach School District. She said some of her senior students took credit recovery within a week of each other. One student completed the program in only three hours. She said the teachers do not control who can take the program and cannot see the assignments. “Everybody hates it. It is ridiculous that our kids can just take this class in three hours,” she said. “Because the graduation rate is so important, it’s skyrocketed use. We probably had 80-plus kids in credit recovery the last week.” Phillips has seen students work on the program and thinks it is ridiculous. “It’s one thing to say they can go in and do it in two days,” she said. “The other part of it, though, is that the program is ridiculous. It is not worth anything.” Neither is the diploma they receive, said Phillips, who has left the district. “(A student) has literally walked out of that building with nothing but a piece of paper that is now, in my opinion, much devalued,” Phillips said. “Is this the new normal?” ‘No One Is Going to Read It’ Because students must take assessments at school to be monitored, Murray said two people have been trained at each site including a school administrator and an interventionist—the person who works and monitors the program. One day, Phillips took her students into the computer lab, and a lot of seniors were trying to recover credit. She saw a student who had both a credit recovery page and a Wikipedia page open on her window. Phillips said she watched the student type word for word from the Wikipedia page. “I asked the supervisor of the room, ‘What is she doing?’ And she told me that she was doing credit recovery on that program. I was like, ‘OK. You realize she’s just typing, right?’” she said. “The supervisor just shrugged her shoulders and said (something) like ‘no one is going to read it anyway.’ That was the reaction of the person supervising this program. You can imagine that’s what’s going on with credit recovery.” Destroying Teacher Morale Sherwin Johnson, Jackson Public Schools’ executive director of public and media relations, said the Mississippi Department of Education approved the district’s

credit-recovery program. “JPS is not using any tool that is not approved and used in other school districts,” he said. Patrice Guilfoyle, communication director of the Mississippi Department of Education, said each district establishes a policy, and MDE checks the policy and student records during the accreditation process. The program in also use in the Pontotoc, Bay St. Louis-Waveland, Louisville and Covington County school districts. A state board policy states: “Credit recovery is defined as a course-specific, skillbased learning opportunity for students who have previously been unsuccessful in mastering content/skills required to receive course credit or earn promotion,” and “Students shall not remain in a Credit Recovery Course for more than one year.” Although JPS claims its course-recovery program is following MDE and district policies, the program could greatly affect student education as well as teacher morale. “People who were already underpaid and under-appreciated are now like, ‘Why am I here?’” Phillips said. The former Forest Hill teacher agrees. “It’s awful. There’s no point in the teachers. It’s the worse thing that could happen in the state,” she said. “It destroys teacher morale. It makes us not understand why we’re doing it.” Murray said it should be no concern about abusing the credit-recovery program because it is used across the country. School districts in at least 28 states are using the software. “I venture to say that every district has some kind of credit-recovery tool,” Murray said. “It is something that might be different to some teachers, but again it is a tool for helping our students recover credit so they can graduate on time so they can have be successful in school.” He said JPS has not heard any more complaints about the program than any other initiative. They have actually heard positive feedback. “There are new teachers in the district, and there are teachers who have not been involved in credit recovery in the past. It is a new initiative with Odyssey that we are training, and we just really started implementation of it,” Murray said. “With that, as we train more, people will understand what credit recovery actually is.” But Phillips disagrees. “It’s not being implemented the way that it should be if it’s going to be anything worthwhile for the kids. They’re getting zero knowledge out if it. They’re not learning any sort of skill about working hard or earning something,” she said. Comment at


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Writings Define Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Emotions


his state has two passions: football and politics. We elect about every official that one could imagine all the way to the Mississippi Supreme Court. We pull for the candidates of our choice just like a favorite college team on the field, and emotions run high. However, when the average citizen thinks of a member of the Supreme Court, we are reminded of a reserved jurist, hidden from the public. State Supreme Court Justice Randy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bubbaâ&#x20AC;? Pierce is an exception to the rule with his love of writing where he defines the emotions of politics in Mississippi. Pierce, a Greene County native, is a writer and his latest novel, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mississippi Mud,â&#x20AC;? defines state politics in the very sense of this stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current landscape. The novel is about the events of a gubernatorial race in Mississippi where two very well-liked officials, a Democrat and a Republican, are locked in a close contest. In the final stretch, a tragedy shocks the entire state, and partisan politics takes a back seat. Pierceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s writings remind readers of how candidates and public officials are just like everybody else; they are not immune from personal tragedy. In his novel, Pierce demonstrates how short life can be. He shows how Mississippians put politics aside and has sympathy for the individual who is going through something they would not want to imagine happening to them. Even if the victim of such misfortune is on the other side of the political spectrum, reality hits, and we come together. I first met Pierce a decade ago in Jackson at the Mississippi Democratic Convention when he was serving as chairman of the Education Committee in the House of Representatives under Speaker Billy McCoy, a Democrat. In 2005 Gov. Haley Barbour, a Republican, appointed Pierce chancery judge of the 16th District. He was later elected in his own right to the state Supreme Court. It is encouraging to see a member of this stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highest court share his love for writing with Mississippians. Pierceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s writings makes me believe there could be more issue-oriented and fewer ego-driven campaigns if prospective candidates picked up a copy of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Magnolia Mudâ&#x20AC;? to read before filing qualifying papers. Ken Strachan is former member of the State Democratic Executive Committee, a former mayor of North Carrollton and serves as Carroll County coroner.

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Why it stinks: People wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take guns to the pollsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or anywhereâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;if they werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t anticipating that something might go down to cause them to brandish said weapon. And possibly shoot said weapon. We all spent the past few months following a Mississippi Senate race that, when it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just silly, was downright scary. Imagine all the acrimony that exists between supporters of state Sen. Chris McDaniel and U.S. Sen. Thad Cochranâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;then add firearms to the mix.

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ississippi does not prepare kids for school early enough. As we report this week (See, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Early Ed: Critical to Child Success,â&#x20AC;? page 17), the benefits of early education investment is huge. The annual Kids Count study, from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, shows that the state would get $8.40 back in economic activity for every dollar invested in early education. When those dollars are targeted at low-income children, that return-on-investment shoots up to $12.30 per dollar, data show. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to say nothing of the societal benefits. Well-prepared students will be better, more engaged learners, score higher on class work and standardized tests, remain in school and graduate. Afterward, they have the choice of joining the workforce or the armed services or enrolling in college. The better they do at each step, presumably, the more incentive they have to stay out of trouble and go to the next step. So far, Mississippi has not cashed in, largely because we have failed to make the necessary investments in early childhood education. And we see the consequences of our inaction. The quality of life for children in Mississippi is among the lowest in the nation. Our test scores and high-school graduation rates are routinely at the bottom among the states. Meanwhile, jails, locally in Hinds County, and prisons remain full of young men and women who wan-

dered out of the classroom and into the streets. There are no simple solutions, not even among well-intentioned people who care about children. For example, Jackson Public Schoolsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest urban district, one that is also poor and overwhelmingly African Americanâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;has implemented a program called grade- or credit-recovery, which gives students who are on course to fail a way to pass. In doing so, students avoid the social stigma of being left back and can at least take a diploma to an employer and secure employment. In the long term, this is probably not the best thing for students, and we share in the concern shared by educators about the program, which is used in a number of districts around the state and the nation. But whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the alternativeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to hold students back and let them drop out of school rather than face embarrassment among their peers as someone who is not in the grade theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re supposed to be? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a clichĂŠ, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cheaper to invest in children than fix broken adults. To that end, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re encouraged by initiatives such as Better Schools, Better Jobs that want to make full education funding a constitutional requirement, as well as rumors of a number of planned lawsuits over the Legislatureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s failure to fund schools. If anything positive comes from either of these efforts, we hope that the littlest Mississippians are not forgotten.

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pon signing the “Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act” on April 3, 2014, Gov. Phil Bryant proudly declared that Mississippi “has now joined 18 other states to defend religious freedoms… .” With his recent promise to “close” Mississippi to unaccompanied minors, however, he exposed the hypocrisy of this statement by slamming the door on countless children who may seek protection from persecution based on their faith. By emphasizing removal rather than due-process protections, Bryant demonstrates his apathy toward children who face certain bodily injury or death based on their beliefs. Consider, for example, the case of Sara, a 14-year-old unaccompanied minor from El Salvador. On Nov. 2, 2006, Sara stood before Immigration Judge Annie S. Garcy in Newark, N.J., to continue the fight for her life. Flanked by her attorney and law student representatives from American University’s Washington College School of Law, Sara admitted to Judge Garcy that while she and her little sister entered the United States unaccompanied and without documentation, they did so in order to reunite with family and seek the protection of the United States against persecution and torture by gangs, from whom the Salvadoran government offered no meaningful protection. The basis for her asylum claim? Fear of persecution because of her evangelical Christian beliefs. As with nearly any asylum proceeding, Sara’s case was long and difficult. Her detailed application, supporting evidence and testimony painted a picture of a bright, idealistic teenager who strove to use her faith to provide hope to other “young people with problems of family disintegration, alcoholism, drug addiction and gangs.” As she quickly discovered, however, practicing her evangelical beliefs could come at a heavy price. Not only had gang members abducted members of her church in the past, but shortly before she and her sister fled El Salvador, Sara and her aunt witnessed gang members restraining, dragging and raping a young girl, who was also an evangelical Christian. Horrified, Sara’s aunt called the police, who never responded. Dr. Harry E. Vanden, an expert in Latin American politics from the University of South Florida, provided expert testimony in Sara’s case. In his written statement to the court, Dr. Vanden offered that because evangelical Christians “have advocated an ideology or set of core values that are markedly

different from those of the gang and which contradict the gang belief system,” they “are targeted by the gangs to stop them from challenging gang authority and control” and “to serve as examples so others will not resist the gang’s criminal activities, report them to police, or testify against them.” In other words, if Sara were forced to return to El Salvador, she could face unspeakable violence—or even death—on the basis of her religious convictions. Nearly two years after the initial hearing, Judge Garcy granted Sara’s asylum request. In her opinion, Judge Garcy found that gang members in Sara’s town “perceive [Sara] as their enemy” because “they oppose her religion, her evangelical principals and her public display of her loyalty to her religion through her church attendance and membership in her church youth group.” As an asylee, Sara received protection from removal to El Salvador and the opportunity to receive U.S. permanent residency after one year. Perhaps most importantly for Sara, asylum in the United States meant that she could openly and safely practice her faith. Gov. Bryant has dismissed stories such as Sara’s, choosing to descend into mindless political rodomontade rather than thoughtfully considering the stories of migrant children, decades (and even centuries) of history, or the complexities of U.S. constitutional and immigration law. When responding to the backlash over his letter to President Obama, for example, Bryant proclaimed: “These young adults (unaccompanied minors) believe that if they come here, they will receive asylum, they will receive citizenship and to think somehow they are entrapped in this crisis in Central America, I believe this is a crisis that’s been developed in an effort to bring them in to the United States.” Rather than hide his head in the sand and chalk stories like Sara’s up to complex lies and conspiracies, Gov. Bryant must face the painful reality that children and teenagers are facing persecution—not only for their faith, but also for their race, ethnicity, gender, political opinions, sexual orientation and more—and are now seeking our help. How will we respond? Amelia S. McGowan is a solo practitioner and founder of The Law Offices of Amelia S. McGowan, PLLC, in Vicksburg. She represents individual and corporate immigration clients in all areas of U.S. immigration law, including asylum, removal defense, employment petitions, family-based immigration, and Violence Against Women’s Act (VAWA) self-petitions.

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he Annie E. Casey Foundation recently ranked Mississippi No. 50 in the nation for the status of our children. The crux of the challenges facing the state’s children is Mississippi’s public education system, where kindergarten is not mandatory until kids turn 5, to say nothing of virtually nonexistent, but valuable and needed, pre-kindergarten programs. Kids Count, the Casey Foundation survey, shows that the state gets $8.40 back in productivity for every dollar invested on early ed. Instead of tackling these tough issues, our educational policy-makers continue to politicize education, focusing on making threats to roll back the national education standards known as Common Core instead of promising to have a real discussion about the importance of early education investment. It’s conversation that is not only worthy, but necessary. Remaining No. 50 is not acceptable.

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The Benefits of Early Ed Although most of Mississippi’s children do attend kindergarten, fewer than half of the state’s 4-year-olds are enrolled in a pre-school program, and many children must repeat the grade level, showing a lack of preparedness. The Southern Education Foundation reports that this repetition cost Mississippi $383 million from 1999 to 2008. This lack of preparedness, most often, is observed in children with no early childhood education, often children from low-income families. Mississippi currently has no statewide, public early education programs. The cognitive and social benefits for children in early childhood education programs are undeniable. In the HighScope Perry Preschool Study, published by the HighScope Educational Research Foundation, researchers

studied 123 at-risk 3- and 4-year-olds, half of whom were enrolled in a high-quality, participatory learning, preschool program and the other half receiving no early learning education. Researchers began the study in 1962 and continued to take benchmark data until the children turned 40. Children in the

at Chapel Hill studied children randomly assigned to an early education intervention group and a control group. Children in the intervention group partook in an individualized curriculum, emphasizing language. The study showed that children in the intervention group scored higher in cognitive tests from toddler stages through age 21, dis-

State Sen. Gray Tollison, R-Oxford, sponsored a bill to create public-private partnerships for pre-K programs.

preschool program were 39 percent more likely to have an IQ score of 90 or above at age 5, 34 percent more likely to reach basic achievement level at age 14, 16 percent more likely to graduate high school, and 20 percent more likely to earn over $20,000 per year at age 40. They were also more likely to hold a job and less likely to be arrested. In a similar study, known as the Carolina Abecedarian Project, researchers from the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina

played higher, long-term academic achievement in reading and math, were more likely to attend a four-year college, and were older upon entering parenthood. It’s Complicated For Mississippi, the delay is a complicated matter. The Mississippi Low Income Child Care Initiative keeps a watchful eye on the political developments regarding

a high-school diploma or GED. At most private preschools or pre-kindergarten programs, parents are expected to pick their children in the early afternoon, unless they can pay extra for “after-care.” Low-income parents, however, have more difficulty navigating the early pick-up times because of work schedules or limited transportation and cannot afford after-care. Burnett said she is frustrated by a “double standard” that exists in the minds of many Mississippians, especially in regard to mothers. Higher-income mothers are encouraged to stay at home and care for children, while low-income mothers are expected to go to work to lower government assistance spending. Working mothers in poverty, especially single mothers, have difficulty procuring quality education for their children because of their limited income and flexibility. Burnett says this standard is unfair.



inety percent of a child’s critical brain development occurs between birth and age 5. Children in Mississippi are not required to attend school until age 6. The disconnect between those two facts is the No. 1 concern of early-education advocates in Mississippi. Although data show overwhelmingly that early education is crucial to academic success throughout a child’s life, Mississippi has been slow to provide the youngest and poorest kids with the tools to achieve. “Parents get no public help,” said Carol Burnett, the executive director of the Mississippi Low-Income Child Care Initiative. Burnett sees families struggle firsthand with providing early learning education for their children. For economically privileged families, early childhood education is a feasible option. Ensuring early education for children in poverty, however, is often difficult, and nearly 23 percent of Mississippians living under the poverty level, U.S. Census Bureau information shows. Most preschools and early learning centers in the state are privately owned and operated, and operation costs, especially of well-supplied, adequately staffed and curriculum-driven centers, elevate the price of attendance. Few low-income parents can meet private preschool prices. Burnett explains that many parents who work full time send their children to all-day childcare facilities. Low-income parents must send their children to affordable, convenient day-care centers, many of which lack educational emphasis, especially considering child-care providers are only required to be at least 18 years old and have

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who qualify for the program on the allocated federal funding. The Early Learning Collaborative Act of 2013 represents Mississippi’s first statefunded pre-kindergarten program. The Legislature appropriated $3 million in funds for the program, which promotes voluntary pre-K programs in private childcare centers and public schools. Gov. Phil Bryant in a press release last year the legislation would “provide more opportunities to support school readiness

half years, it will affect only an estimated 4 percent of the state’s 4-year-olds. The program also does not prioritize seats based on financial need. However, Rachel Canter, executive director of Mississippi First, said, “It is a step in the right direction. I’m very excited about where the collaboratives are going to go. ” Burnett says the state should use existing private childcare centers as well as expanding a public pre-kindergarten system, and have both options operate under set,

from Head Start, you could get it from a public school, you could get it from a private child-care center, just depending on which one is able to meet state standards.” “There’s no one-size-fits-all for pre-K provision in a rural state, and we need to continue to have a law that’s going to be somewhat flexible to allow communities to look at their needs and to design a program that includes all children in the best way possible,” Canter said. Canter says a collaborative model like the Early Learning Collaborative Act is the right solution; however, in order to stretch statewide, the program needs a hefty increase in funding. TRIP BURNS

early childhood education in the state. Burnett says that several elements keep Mississippi developing slowly. Looming upfront expenses and delayed returns deter legislators, she says, adding that the state’s political structure does not allow for ease of long-term planning. Also, many private preschools and childcare facilities already exist. Legislators are concerned with how statewide action could potentially affect the private sector and address regulations on private centers. Public opinion regarding funding leaves the state divided as well, she says. The Mississippi Center for Education Innovation Early Childhood Study polled 1,000 registered Mississippi voters in 2010 and found that 59 percent of them believe that parents are either primarily or secondarily responsible for funding of early childhood education. Thirty-four percent say parents are primarily responsible, compared to 31 percent state government and 12 percent federal government. Burnett says this mindset sways citizens from the ideas of state funding and public options, especially to assist low-income families. The survey, however, also revealed hopeful statistics in favor of making early childhood education more widely available. Seventyeight percent of voters polled said that they support the improvement of early education opportunities. Nearly 60 percent say that they would pay higher taxes to fund such opportunities.

Investing in the Future Many advocates of early childhood education, like Burnett and Canter, argue that the federal and state government should provide more payment assistance programs for low-income parents and that, ideally, the state should fund statewide programs for Mississippi’s children, in order to help low-income children and provide equal opportunity. An endeavor of that scale is extremely expensive, especially for an economically limited state like Mississippi. Research, however, reveals that investing in early education, especially for at-risk children, is worth it. In the aforementioned HighScope Perry Preschool Study, the education costs for Our Current Options children in the HighScope preMississippi currently offers school program totaled $15, subsidized early education options; 166. Benefits, on the other however, they are small. Burnett hand, totaled $7,383 in educarecognizes that low-income partion savings, $14,078 in taxes Advocacy groups such as the Mississippi Low-Income Child Care Initiatives push for legislation that benefits poor children in Mississippi, including promoting investment in early-education programs. ents can apply for the Mississippi on earnings, $2,768 in welfare Child Care Payment Plan, a federsavings and $171,473 in crime ally funded, subsidized childcare savings. For every dollar inprogram that allows families to vested, the program rendered freely choose childcare and assists in its ex- in young children and further my push for overhead standards, similar to the collabo- $12.90 in benefits. penses. Burnett, however, emphasizes that literacy improvements.” ration in the Early Learning Collaborative W.S Barnett and L.N. Masse’s “Ecothis program serves only around 10 percent Mississippi First, an education-ori- Act of 2013. Burnett says this idea would nomics of Education Review” reports that of families that qualify. ented, non-partisan, nonprofit organization save money, because the state would utilize the ratio of program savings versus program Head Start programs provide some that supports charter schools, says the act existing establishments. spending for the Carolina Abecedarian Projrelief. Using grant money from the Federal requires private centers to collaborate with The Mississippi for Education Inno- ect was 2.5:1. Head Start Act, the Head Start Collabora- Head Start programs and public pre-K pro- vation Early Childhood Study showed that Other southern states, including Artion Office aids in creating free early learn- grams and to be rated based on the Quality 66 percent of polled voters prefer “enhanc- kansas, Tennessee, Georgia, Louisiana and ing programs and providing support for Stars system, providing common standards, ing the existing public and private early South Carolina, are catching on and are low-income children and their families in in order to receive funding. childhood programs,” while 25 percent now nationally ranked for pre-kindergarMississippi. Hinds County currently has 16 Participating childcare systems have prefer “expanding the public K-12 system,” ten enrollment and program quality, says centers. Head Start emphasizes school readi- until 2016 to choose quality measures un- though the poll is not a complete and ac- the Southern Education Foundation. Early ness and has its own statistics. According to der the eye of the Mississippi Department of curate representation of voters’ opinions. childhood education advocates hope that the Mississippi Head Start Association, for Education. The appropriated funds, howCanter supports a similar, flexible ap- Mississippi will follow their lead. every dollar invested in Head Start, the U.S. ever, represent less than half the intended proach. She said, “Most states don’t restrict “Our long-term vision is for every child gains $7 to $9 in returns. Head Start, unfor- funding, the program currently reaches only what type of provider can provide a high who wants to attend pre-K to be able to at19 tunately, cannot possibly reach all children 11 communities, and in the next two and a quality pre-K experience. You could get it tend a high quality pre-K,” Canter said.

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What Is ‘Common Core’ All About? by Jackie Mader, The Hechinger Report

‘Mysterious’ Standards For years Mississippi has posted some of the lowest scores on national standardized tests. In 2010, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a conservative think tank in Washington, D.C., that supports the

Common Core in the Classroom In Mississippi, many districts transitioned their youngest students several years ago to allow teachers and students to grapple with the more challenging standards without the pressure of standardized testing. Under the Common Core stan-

teachers have started from scratch, or used resources from other states. Starting in 2015, students will take new, computerized exams that are aligned to the Common Core. Like the standards themselves, the tests are intended to demand more of students than the traditionJACKIE MADER


Carey M. Wright, state superintendent for the Mississippi Department of Education, said it is a “gross mischaracterization” to call Common Core a failed program while the state is still working on implementation.

Common Core, scrutinized how old state standards compared to it. While about 15 states had English standards that were the same as or better than the Common Core’s, Fordham concluded that Mississippi’s were far weaker. The report described the state’s English standards as “mysterious,” and among “the worst in the country.” It concluded that the Common Core standards are “significantly superior to what the Magnolia State has in place today.” Every few years, Mississippi revamps and updates its academic standards. In 2010, the state adopted the Common Core, which “saved the state time, money, and effort associated with creating our own standards that would not have been as rigorous,” according to Mississippi’s former interim superintendent of education, Lynn House. At the time, the state was using math standards from 2007 and English language arts standards from 2006. Individual districts have always chosen their own curricula to meet whatever standards were set, and that will still be the case with the Common Core. Alarmingly poor results by American students on international exams helped prompt the development of the Common Core standards. A decade ago, 44 percent of Singapore’s students scored “advanced” on the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), while only 7 percent of American students did. American students had made progress since the 1990s, but the gains weren’t enough for them to catch up to many of their peers in countries like Japan, Russia, Singapore and South Korea. “We can quibble, or we can face the brutal truth that we’re being out-educated,” U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in 2010, when scores for the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) results were released and U.S. students once again fared poorly. Common Core is meant to correlate with the standards in high-performing countries like Singapore and Japan. A 2012 study by William H. Schmidt and Richard T. Houang, education researchers at Michigan State University, found that Common Core’s math standards seem to stack up. They include fewer topics for students to master each year, and the gradelevels for given topics also tended to match, according to the analysis.

Student work in the hallway of a Mississippi elementary school shows the “partial product” method of solving a multiplication problem.The new Common Core standards emphasize multiple ways of solving problems.

dards, students are learning more challenging content earlier. For example, Mississippi’s kindergarteners were expected to count to 20 under the old standards. Under Common Core, they must count to 100. The English standards emphasize reading non-fiction, and writing responses to questions using evidence from the text. In an interview last year, Vincent Segalini, director of English language arts for the Mississippi Department of Education, said that the state is “moving away from those worksheets into more critical thinking.” The math standards emphasize learning multiple methods of solving the same problem, and students are expected to explain the steps in a problem through writing. Students may spend more time learning multiplication, but may learn five ways to solve a multiplication problem, rather than memorizing times table or learning just one way. Some states, like New York, provided Common Core-aligned lesson plans to teachers, but Mississippi has largely left the transition to Common Core up to individual districts. Many of the state’s

al paper and pencil tests. Instead of filling in bubbles on answer sheets, students will perform a variety of tasks, like dragging and dropping fractions on a number line and filling in graphs. They will also answer multiple-choice questions, and will have to type out their thinking in written responses, even on math exams. In the past few years, Mississippi’s districts have scrambled to ramp up technology and bandwidth for the new exams, in the midst of budget cuts and severe underfunding. The exams themselves are costly. The state Office of Student Assessment projected last year that, in 2015, Mississippi will spend about $2.7 million more on the new exams for grades three through eight than the state spent in 2012 to provide those grades with the old exams. The Debate Continues Although the majority of states adopted the standards four years ago, the Common Core has recently sparked extensive controversy. Opposition has arisen both from some conservative and Tea Par-


t’s been called a federal curriculum, the end of literature lessons and even, here in Mississippi, a “Muslim takeover of schools.” The Common Core, a set of math and English language arts standards that spells out what skills students are expected to master in kindergarten through 12th grade, will be rolled out in every Mississippi school this year. The new standards are not a curriculum; instead they set benchmarks for math and English achievement in each grade. In 2010, 45 states and Washington, D.C., adopted the standards, hoping they will increase rigor in earlier grades and then build a strong foundation for higher-level English and math courses. Since then, a handful of states have dropped them. The National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers jointly created the standards, which experts across the country wrote and then released in 2010. Even so, there is huge confusion in Mississippi and nationwide about what the standards are, who created them and how they are changing instruction. In June, Gov. Phil Bryant called the Common Core “a failed program,” months before all school districts have fully transitioned to the standards.

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Gov. Phil Bryant has vowed to zero in on the national set of education standards known as Common Core during the 2015 legislative session, which could signal that he will attempt to withdraw Mississippi from the standards.

ty groups who fear a federal intrusion on education, and from some liberals critical of standardized testing. (It was a Tea Party member who derided the standards as â&#x20AC;&#x153;a Muslim takeoverâ&#x20AC;? of Mississippi schools.) In Mississippi last year, the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Senate Conservative Coalition sent a letter to the former state superintendent, Lynn J. House, questioning the rigor of the standards. Common Core does not include a full course of Algebra I until high school, for example; some critics say Algebra I is necessary earlier to prepare students for more advanced classes before and during college. The Coalition also questioned the involvement of the federal government in their adoption. The U.S. Department of Education did not mandate adopting the standards, but did award more points to states in applications for Race to the Top money if they adopted â&#x20AC;&#x153;college and career ready standards.â&#x20AC;?

Many states, like Mississippi, chose to adopt Common Core as those standards instead of developing their own. In June, Gov. Bryant said that Common Core would be a topic of the next legislative session, which led many to question whether he would follow in Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s footsteps and withdraw from the standards. In the wake of Bryantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comments, Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current state superintendent of education, Carey Wright, said in a statement: â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a gross mischaracterization to call the standards a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;failed programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; when Mississippi and other states have yet to give the first test aligned to the standards. The state is still in the implementation phase, and to remove the standards now would be disheartening to the district and school leaders and teachers who have invested time and resources in this effort.â&#x20AC;? This story was produced by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news outlet based at Teachers College, Columbia University.

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What You Need • A pressure cooker with a waterbath feature • Mason jars and lids • Jar tongs • Funnel • Clean rag • Lid lifter • Preservative such as sugar, vinegar pectin or ascorbic acid (depending on the recipe)

if canned correctly. Although it isn’t the

24 same as having fresh-picked green beans

Canning 101 To avoid botulism, always wash your jars and lids with hot soapy water. Keep the jars warm in the pressure cooker until use. While preparing the contents, let the lids simmer in hot water for 10 minutes. Once done with the food prep, remove any foam and add the mixture to the jar, leaving at least half an inch of breathing room. Remove bubbles with a non-metal spatula and wipe off any excess from the outside of the jar with a clean, damp cloth. Place the lids and rings on the jar after carefully removing them from the water, and then put the sealed jars back into the water with at least an inch covering the top. Boil at the recipe’s suggested



hen I was younger, the summertime sadness always hit me around this time each year. Not because of the end of warm days or because I would have to go back to school, but because soon, all my Canning favorite fruits and vegis a great way etables would be out of season, and I’d be stuck to eat summerwith tasteless groceryseason vegetables store imports and frozen vegetables. and fruits all My parents kept year long. dozens of Mason jars in a cabinet, full to the brim with briny pickles, chow chow, tomatoes and okra. I remember watching my family members form an assembly line of cooking, canning and pressurizing, indulging in their natural instinct to store up food for the cold winter months. Canning is not just for grandmothers, but for anyone who wants yearround access to summertime produce. The options are endless and not limited to veggies and broth. You can store salsas, jams and other fruit preserves for years or jalapeños on hand, the original freshness of the contents remain until the jar’s seal is broken.

temperature and time and then remove the jars with the tongs and set them on a dish towel to dry and cool. To make sure the process worked, press down on the middle of the lid. If it stays down, the jar is ready to be placed in the pantry for a later time. Some foods, like pickles, require a certain amount of storage time before they you can eat them. If you aren’t ready to commit to the entire process—and it is a process—try your hand at refrigerator pickles. They won’t have to be processed, because the vinegar and cool storage area will keep them fresh. You will still want to sterilize the jars and lids, though, and they will only last a few months before they won’t be safe to eat any more. These pickles will last at least six months. That will get you through a few fall days, any way.

Refrigerator Pickles Ingredients 7 1/2 cups sliced cucumbers 3 sprigs of dill, finely chopped 2 tablespoons minced garlic 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt 2 cups sugar 1 1/2 cups white vinegar 1 1/2 teaspoons celery seed 1 1/2 teaspoons mustard seed 1 1/2 teaspoons black peppercorns

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Children hold anti-poverty and voting rights signs during the Civil Rights Movement.

The Children Will Lead Them by Carmen Cristo

“And the Children Shall Lead Them” runs through Oct. 31 at the Smith Robertson Museum and Culture Center.

mentioned in his letter from Birmingham City Jail—the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement that had no title. Quinn’s encounter with the patrolman comes to life in a short film, projected onto the wall to the left. Quinn, his siblings and his mother were at the side entrance of the governor’s mansion on Capitol Street, just blocks away from the museum, protesting the election of congressmen in districts where black people were still unable to vote, when the patrolmen approached. During the struggle, Quinn’s mother, Ailene Quinn of McComb, reportedly told him, “Anthony, don’t let that man take your flag!” His resistance prompted Kohler to pull the flag so hard that he lifted Quinn off the ground. In the following image, the child is crying. Law enforcement arrested Quinn and his mother and took them to the county fairground’s cattle stockade, where it held other protesters because the jails were already full. More than a dozen other images line the walls in the second room of the exhibit. Activists like Stokely Carmichael and James Meredith give Freedom Summer recognizable faces, along with unidentified leaders in

Meredith’s March Against Fear and the Mt. Zion Baptist Church Freedom School. As in Quinn’s photo, the other side of the struggle is pictured as well. A Ku Klux Klan recruitment poster hangs on the wall as it did 50 years ago—a pieced-together image of Uncle Sam in a white hood—and another image shows a man standing on top of his car wearing a rebel-flag shirt. A few of the final images of the exhibit display the fruits of Freedom Summer’s labors. Jo Ella Moore and E. L. Fondren, who was 106 at the time of the photo, register to vote for the first time and celebrate afterward. Fifty years later, it is easy to idolize well-known civilrights pioneers. Smith Robertson has created an environment where people are reminded that Freedom Summer was about normal people and their willingness to sacrifice for the progress of Mississippi and its people. “And the Children Shall Lead Them” will be at the Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center (528 Bloom St.) through Oct. 31. Admission is $4.50 for adults, $3 for seniors and $1.50 for children under 18. For more information, call the Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center at 60127 960-1457 or find the museum on Facebook.


nthony Quinn, 5, dangles, frozen, inches above the ground, clinging to a small American flag. The white man struggling with the black toddler is Hughie Kohler, a Mississippi highway patrolman who had taken Quinn’s “No More Police Brutality” sign away moments before. Matt Herron captured the iconic image in the summer of 1965, but it lives on in the Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center’s current exhibit. “And the Children Shall Lead Them” opened June 23 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer. Curated by museum staffers Charlene Thompson and Kenyatta Stewart, the exhibit displays photos from the Civil Rights Movement, hung side-by-side on white boards over the museum’s exposed brick. The simplicity of the exhibit draws you into the scenes, showcasing Freedom Summer’s unsung heroes, many of whom were children. The exhibit is open for public viewing through Oct. 31. When you walk through the door, the black text on the wall to your right explains the idea behind the photos. It references the “real heroes” that Martin Luther King Jr.



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n the 1960s, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the Motown Soundâ&#x20AC;? was partner, Cedric Jenkins, owner of Cuneverything. Legendary producer Berry ning Worker Productions. Gordy turned the recording industry Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boss, Randy Everett, gave him on its head by integrating pop and soul, the book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Respect Yourself: Stax Records and turned national attention toward local and the Soul Explosionâ&#x20AC;? by Robert Gordon, talent in his hometown, Detroit. Kamel which inspired him to begin The Search. King, 34, hopes to do the same thing for The Memphis-based labelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s business model Jackson through Ridgelandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Terminal Re- opened Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eyes to the opportunity. cording Studios and his independent label, â&#x20AC;&#x153;(Jenkins) and I started NOW EnNOW Entertainment. tertainment a couple of years ago, slowly Ushering in a new era of Mississippi moving toward this,â&#x20AC;? King says. music means more than a little hard work, â&#x20AC;&#x153;At a certain point, it was just like, determination and searching. Every Satur- â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just do this. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s open our doors and day since June 14, Terminal has invited local create a unique, professional, upbeat and acts to display their rap, rock, R&B and ev- real environment for artists.â&#x20AC;? erything in between for music-industry proAfter weeks conducting The Search, fessionals as part of an ongoing event called King says that the response from artists has The Search. These professionals will then been â&#x20AC;&#x153;a game-changer.â&#x20AC;? Hundreds of acts choose an unspecified number of artists to arrive each Saturday from every county in receive a single deal, which includes access to and outside of Mississippi, standing in the Terminalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s songwriters, recording engineers summer heat for a chance to show their and marketing team. talents. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have people come from evKing hopes others will notice The ery county in and outside of Mississippi,â&#x20AC;? Search isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a â&#x20AC;&#x153;music competition.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an opportunity, and one that he saw a desperate need for in Jackson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The music is so rich, but we find through a lot of our resources that people have to, or feel they have to, leave (the city) to make it. A lot of entertainment business seemingly is not done here,â&#x20AC;? King says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is done here. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just not on the surface where the Sound engineer Ryan Montgomery (right) prepares to average musician or artist record guitarist Kenny Davisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; audition at The Search. knows whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on.â&#x20AC;? An entertainment lawyer by trade, one might expect that King says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They say the same thing to my King has a deeper understanding of the team and me: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;We are so glad youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing music business, but that knowledge actu- this. â&#x20AC;Ś Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dream to just be able ally predates his career. Some may remem- to share this with somebody.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? ber Lee King, Kamelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father, as the host While King believes that The Search is of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Black Gold,â&#x20AC;? Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s iteration of one of the best ways to reach local diamonds â&#x20AC;&#x153;Soul Train,â&#x20AC;? which ran on WLBT for a in the rough, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a pragmatist. With whopping 21 years. Kamel King was pres- The Searchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s connection to national radio ent for all his fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s musical endeavors. service Clear Channel Communications, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been a concert promoterâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and still some participants have anticipated immediisâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and an artist manager. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s had a re- ate radio play. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everything we have is not gocord label and been in radio, so heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s done ing to get played,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(Clear Channel) some of everything,â&#x20AC;? King says. canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make those promises, but now thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a King eventually followed in his conversation between the music community fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s footsteps. After graduating from at large and major radio.â&#x20AC;? the Mississippi College School of Law, King says that many incredible acts he circled the music industry: He joined have attended for The Search, but his team is Frascogna Entertainment Law, ran gospel not ready to make a decision yet. Even after label Blackberry Records and has man- that decision, NOW Entertainment plans aged Terminal Studios since 2006. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the to continue The Search for as long as people latter that connected King to his business want to perform.





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Fringes of Murder by Carmen Cristo



hree wigged, sequin-covered women emerge from behind a curtain, followed by two men in green pantsuits. One of the men, lead singer of Jack Russell and the Terriers, introduces himself and his posse, his ego inflated more than his afro. The three female background singers vye for his attention, which leads to a sing-off and the beginning of animosity among the Terriers. Mississippi Murder Mysteries, Jackson’s oldest mystery dinner theater company, has been in business for more than 10 years. The crew met at Black Rose Theatre in Brandon (103 Black St., Brandon, 601-825, and when the murder mystery troupe there disbanded, they formed their own. Part of that club branched off to form Fringe Dinner Theater, which debuted with a production of “Murder in the Key of Motown” at Rossini Cucina Italiana June 3, and the troupe will perform the play throughout the summer at other venues. The production is also the group’s first musical. Tommy Kobeck plays lead singer Jack Russell, or J.R. His “terriers” (background singers) include Walt Herrington as Gabe Marvin, Wendie Sheppard as Patty Vandell, Alahna Stewart as Delia Ross and playwright Becky Martin as Rhetta James. “Not only do I get to write characters, I get to be one,” Martin says. The off-key band sings and dances through the plot of “Murder in the Key of Motown,” donning retro outfits, bellbottoms and bee-hive wigs, that transition into ’80s garb of fishnet and platinum blonde locks during a brief intermission. Each of the characters has a motive by the time the murder actually takes place, ranging from jealousy to shady business deals. Martin chose classic songs for the score such as Marvin Gaye’s “Ain’t No

Mountain High Enough” and Smokey Robinson’s “Cruisin’,” prompting the audience to sing along and get involved in the story. The audience even gets to vote for the best female back-up singer. Most of the story is told through arguments about how the band should operate, beginning with an alumni fundraiser and ending at the wake of one character. Fringe Dinner Theater split off from the original company because the players wanted to create a more “real, interactive” experience with elements like musicals and costume contests. The group will add religious and Broadway productions to its repertoire over time. Everyone in the troupe sees acting as a second profession. For Martin, writing and acting is a way to escape from the everyday. “We have day jobs but we love the opportunity to do dinner theater,” Martin says. Fringe makes appearances at a variety of local businesses that serve as its performance venues. “We don’t have a theater we call our own; we are a traveling group,” Martin says. “We like to partner with the area’s best restaurants to offer fine dining and entertainment.” Upcoming performances of “Murder in the Key of Motown” are at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St., 601-948-0888) July 31 and Cool Water Catering and Events (1011 Lake Harbour Drive, Ridgeland, 601-9197622) Aug. 12, Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano (970 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, 601-354-6600) with an additional performance at Rossini Cucina Italiana (207 Jackson St., Ridgeland, 601-856-9696) Aug. 28. Tickets are $48 for the Hal & Mal’s show, $48.50 for the Biaggi’s show, and $49 for the Cool Water and Rossini show. For more information, visit or find the organization on Facebook.

Fringe Dinner Theater will perform “Murder in the Key of Motown” at Hal & Mal’s on July 31, Cool Water Catering and Events Aug. 12, Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano August 18 and Rossini Cucina Italiana Aug. 28.





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WEDNESDAY 7/30 History Is Lunch is at noon at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.) Author David Crosby discusses his book, “The Complete Antislavery Writings of Anthony Benezet, 1754-1783.” Book sales and signing will follow the discussion. Free; call 601-576-6998;


The Gaddis Group and Bill Bannister Art Exhibit opens at 5 p.m. at the Mississippi Library Commission (Education and Research Center, 3881 Eastwood Drive). The exhibit includes watercolor and acrylic paintings from Gaddis Group members, and a collection of Bannister’s wooden toys. Free; call 601-432-4111; email

The Museum of Natural Science hosts Sylvia Branzei, author of “Animal Grossology,” and the Ice Cream Grossial, on Aug. 2.



The Ice Cream Grossial is at 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Sylvia Branzei sells signed copies of her book, “Animal Grossology.” Shows at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Included with admission ($6, $5 seniors, $4 ages 3-18, children Under 3 and members free); call 601-576-6000; msnaturalscience. org. … Last Splash is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). The end-of-summer event includes informational vendors, water slides, crafts and other activities. Included with admission ($9.25, $8.25 seniors, $6.75 ages 212, children under 2 and members free); call 601-352-2580;

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R&B singer Maxwell performs hits like “Pretty Wings” and “Fortunate” at Thalia Mara Hall on Aug. 6.


Grammy winner Shelby Lynne performs at 8 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). Doors open at 7 p.m. Allages show. Adults must accompany children. $30 in advance, $35 at the door, $3 surcharge for patrons under 21; call 60130 292-7999; email;




The Mississippi Wildlife Extravaganza is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). The event offers hunting and fishing exhibits, lectures and animal demonstrations. Kids 12 and under get in free today. $10, $5 ages 6-12, children 5 and under free, $20 weekend pass; call 601-605-1790; email;


Portrait Drawing Class is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Gallery 119 (119 S. President St.). Instructor Jerrod Partridge teaches the finer points of portraiture to attendees. $150; call 601-668-5408; email painterjerrod@gmail. com. … Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes is 7:30

p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). The nine-piece soul and R&B band from Melbourne, Australia performs. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. $5 in advance, $10 at the door, $3 surcharge for patrons under 21; call 601-292-7999; email;


Brews & Bites Business After Hours is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza and Ice Cream Joint (565 Taylor St.). World Trade Center Mississippi hosts the networking event for professionals with specialty international cocktails, an international beer tasting and appetizers. For ages 21 and up. Online registration available. $15, $10 members; call 601-353-0909; email; … Photographer Ken Murphy signs his book “Jackson” at 5 p.m. at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). The event also includes a popup art show from Art Space 86. Those purchasing the book can choose from four different covers. Pre-orders recommended. $75 book; call 601-366-7619; email;


Hit R&B singer Maxwell performs at 8 p.m. at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.) as part of his Summer Solstice Tour. $39-$69; call 800-745-3000. … The Wes Anderson Art Show opens from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Walter Anderson Museum of Art (510 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs). Local artists display their work, all inspired by writer and director Wes Anderson. Free; ages 21 and up. Themed costumes are encouraged. $25, $15 existing members, free to new members; call 228-872-3164; email;

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Creative Craft Camp, Ages 13-15 Aug. 4, 9 a.m.12:30 p.m., at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Topics include pottery, wire sculpture, mosaics, fused glass and more. Ends with an art reception. Registration required. Held daily through Aug. 8. $185, $160 each additional child; call 601-856-7546;

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Last Splash Aug. 2, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). The end-of-summer event includes informational vendors, water slides, crafts and other activities. Included with admission ($9.25, $8.25 seniors, $6.75 ages 2-12, children under 2 and members free); call 601-352-2580; Spirit of Life Tribute and Scholarship Gala Aug. 2, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). At the Student Center in ballrooms A and B. The Mary S. Nelums Foundation is the host. Honorees include the late Dr. L.C. Dorsey and Dr. Safiya Omari. $40; call 601-750-4204; Model Boot Camp 3.0 Aug. 2, Aug. 3, at location given after registration. The Chanelle Renee Project is the host. Topics include portfolio-building photo shoots, posing techniques and more. Win a chance to model at Fashion Week New Orleans or Delux Magazine. Registration required. $99 Aug. 2 only, two days: $225 through July 5, $250 through July 12, $299 after ($50 deposit required); email; First Tuesday Lecture Aug. 5, noon-1 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Paul Hartfield, endangered species biologist at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, speaks on the topic â&#x20AC;&#x153;Conservation and Management of the Lower Mississippi River: A New Paradigm.â&#x20AC;? Included with admission ($6, $5 seniors, $4 ages 3-18, children Under 3 and members free); call 601-576-6000;

Family Fun Night Aug. 5, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., at Hinds Behavioral Health Services (3450 Highway 80 W.). Includes food, games, a giveaway of backto-school items, screenings and parenting tips. Free; call 601-321-2400.

&//$$2).+ Ice Cream Grossial Aug. 2, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Meet Sylvia Branzei, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Animal Grossologyâ&#x20AC;? (signed books for sale), and purchase lunch and a gross-themed sundae. Shows at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Included with admission ($6, $5 seniors, $4 ages 3-18, children Under 3 and members free); call 601-576-6000; Brews & Bites Business After Hours Aug. 5, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., at Sal & Mookieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s New York Pizza and Ice Cream Joint (565 Taylor St.). World Trade Center Mississippi hosts the networking event for professionals in the Jackson community. Includes specialty international cocktails, an international beer tasting and appetizers. For ages 21 and up. Online registration available. $15, $10 members; call 601-353-0909; email cmckie@; Farm to Fork Project Aug. 6, 4 p.m.-6 p.m., at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). Purchase produce from the Alcorn State University Extension Programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Demonstration Farm of Mound Bayou. $5 per bag, one free bag for UnitedHealthcare Community Plan members with MSCAN or MSCHIP ID cards; call 601-718-6578.

30/2437%,,.%33 Free ADHD Screening for Children Fridays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. through Oct. 31, at Office of Suzanne B. Russell, LPC (751 Avignon Drive, Ridgeland). Have your child evaluated for the disorder that has symptoms such as problems with focusing, defiance and hyperactivity. Free; call 601-707-7355; Peer-to-Peer Education Class July 31, at St. Paul Catholic Church (5971 Highway 25, Flowood). NAMI Mississippi offers the 10-session class for adults with serious mental illnesses. Registration by July 25 required. Free; call 601-992-9547; email Events at High Noon Cafe (Rainbow Plaza, 2807 Old Canton Road): â&#x20AC;˘ Killing Cancer Naturally Presentation July 31, 6 p.m.-7 p.m. The presenter is Bilal Qizilbash, a Master of Science candidate in biomedical sciences at Mississippi College, and he talks about the effects of kale on malignant melanoma cells. No audio or visual recording without permission. Free; call 366-1513; email or bmqizilbash@; find the event on Facebook.


St. Jude 5K Walk/Run Aug. 2, 6:30 a.m.-11 a.m., at Cade Chapel M.B. Church (1000 W. Ridgeway St.). Check-in is at 6:30 a.m. Proceeds go toward funding research and treatment of children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Register by July 21 to get a T-shirt. $20-$20;

34!'%3#2%%. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Murder in the Key of Motownâ&#x20AC;? Dinner Theater July 31, 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m., at Hal & Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (200 Commerce St.). Mississippi Murder Mysteries presents the musical about quarreling band members. Includes a three-course dinner. Seating at 6:30 p.m. RSVP. $48; call 601-850-2318 ; email;

#/.#%243&%34)6!,3 Neshoba County Fair July 30, midnight-11:59 p.m., July 31, midnight-11:59 p.m., Aug. 1, midnight-11:59 p.m., at Neshoba County Fair Association (16800 Highway 21 S., Philadelphia). The 125th campground fair includes rides, games and speeches from candidates running for state and federal offices. $15 per day, $40 season pass, children under 10 free; call 601-656-8480; Events at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.): â&#x20AC;˘ Shelby Lynne Aug. 1, 8 p.m. The Grammywinning country singer is an Alabama native. Adam Faucett also performs. Doors open at 7 p.m. All-ages show. Adults must accompany children. $30 in advance, $35 at the door, $3 surcharge for patrons under 21; call 601-292-7999; email; â&#x20AC;˘ Clairy Browne and the Bangin' Rackettes Aug. 4, 7:30 p.m. The nine-piece soul and R&B band from Melbourne, Australia performs. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. $5 in advance, $10 at the door, $3 surcharge for patrons under 21; call 601-292-7999; email; End of Summer Jam Aug. 2, 5 p.m., at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium (2531 N. State St.). Performers include rappers Webbie, Yo Gotti, Meek Mill and Lilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Boosie. Gates open at 4 p.m. $20; call 800-745-3000. Whistle Stop Cabaret: 2014 Summer Showcase Aug. 2, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., at Union Station (300 W. Capitol St.). The Mississippi Chorusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; annual fundraiser includes a cocktail buffet, drinks such as wine, beer and sodas, a raffle, and music from Jennifer Adams, Christopher Adams and more. $75, $425 table of six, $550 table of eight; call 601-278-3351; Music in the City Aug. 5, 5:15 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). In Trustmark Grand Hall. Enjoy a cash bar at 5:15 p.m., and music from Kenneth Graves and John Paul at 5:45 p.m. Free, donations welcome; call 601-960-1515; Maxwell Aug. 6, 8 p.m., at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). The Grammy-winning R&B singer and songwriter performs as part of his Summer Solstice Tour. $39-$69; call 800-745-3000.

,)4%2!293)'.).'3 Stephen Hanks Book Lecture Aug. 1, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., at Attala County Library (201 S. Huntington St., Kosciusko). The author and genealogy specialist discusses his book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Akee Tree: A Descendantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Search for His Slave Ancestors on the Eskridge Plantations.â&#x20AC;? Free; call 662-289-5141. Jillian Smart Book Signing Aug. 2, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at Milestone Bookstore (115 Westside Cove, Pearl). The author signs copies of her book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parent Support: 30 Ways to Support Your Childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Education.â&#x20AC;? Jackson Education Support is the host. Refreshments included. $12.99 book; call 601-936-3513; email â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jacksonâ&#x20AC;? Aug. 5, 5 p.m., at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Photographer Ken Murphy signs books. Also includes a pop-up art show from Art Space 86. Choose from four different book covers. Pre-orders recommended. $75 book; call 601-366-7619; email;

#2%!4)6%#,!33%3 Caterpillar Stitch Book Workshop Aug. 2, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., at Purple Word Center for Book and Paper Arts (140 Wesley Ave.). Sue Carrie Drummond is the instructor. Learn to bind a book with a sewing method that has many styles to choose from. Registration required. For ages 18 and up. $50, $35 members; email; Portrait Drawing Class Aug. 4, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., at Gallery 119 (119 S. President St.). Jerrod Partridge is the instructor. Sessions are Mondays through Aug. 25. $150; call 601-668-5408; email

%8()")4/0%.).'3 Gaddis Group and Bill Bannister Art Exhibit Opening Reception July 31, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., at Mississippi Library Commission (Education and Research Center, 3881 Eastwood Drive). The exhibit includes watercolor and acrylic painting from Gaddis Group members, and Bill Bannisterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wooden toys. Hangs July 2-Aug. 28. Free; call 601-432-4111; email Wes Anderson Art Show Opening Reception Aug. 6, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m., at Walter Anderson Museum of Art (510 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs). Local artists display their work inspired by writer and director Wes Anderson. Fre ages 21 and up. Costumes encouraged. Show hangs through Oct. 31. $25, $15 existing members, free to new members; call 228-872-3164; email develop@



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