For Us, the Living

By Edmondson, Tiffany | The Crisis, Summer 2011 | Go to article overview

For Us, the Living


Edmondson, Tiffany, The Crisis


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Mississippi will offer a new civil rights curriculum and museums.

The closed vaults of Mississippi's civil rights history will now be open, thanks to new legislation that requires students in public schools to have civil rights history incorporated into their I curriculum. Besides learning about the Civil Rights Movement, students along with other residents and tourists of the state, will soon have the opportunity to visit two new museums focused on the rich history of the state.

The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the New Museum of Mississippi History will be extensions of the civil rights learning and enrichment curriculum that students will receive in their classes. Sen. Hillman Frazier, who represents Mississippi's 27th District, says the state's rich history in civil rights has been excluded from the textbooks. He hopes the curriculum and museums will help inform the state about the past events.

"Once students are exposed to this information in class, they will be able to see and touch artifacts from that era and will be able to talk with individuals who were involved," said Frazier.

Susan Glisson, director of the William F. Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation at the University of Mississippi, chairs the Civil Rights Education Commission. The organization has been working for years to create and implement a social studies curriculum that will engage students in learning about the Civil Rights Movement.

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