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Panel Discussion on Segregationists’ Efforts to Thwart Civil Rights Activism in Mississippi set for Nov. 16

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The various ways segregationists in Mississippi fought to silence the voices of civil rights activists will be the subject of a panel discussion, titled “Massive Resistance in Mississippi” Thursday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. in the Cook Library Art Gallery at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.

Panel participants include Dr. Stephanie Rolph, professor of history, Millsaps College; Jennifer Brannock, Southern Miss University Libraries’ Curator of Rare Books and Mississippiana; Southern Miss history doctoral student Olivia Moore; and USM Assistant Professor of History Dr. Rebecca Tuuri. The speakers will look at organized groups, less formal resistance and the archival collections that document the backlash civil rights activists faced in the state.

“Massive Resistance in Mississippi” is part of the programming for “Lectures, Lore and Lessons: Mississippi at the Bicentennial,” which aims to present a multifaceted view of Mississippi’s first 200 years. This official bicentennial project was made possible by a grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council, through support from the Mississippi Development Authority.

To achieve its goals of bringing history to life, Special Collections at USM has partnered with numerous individuals and entities at the University and in the Hattiesburg community. Partners include the Hattiesburg Public Library, the USM Department of History and its Center for the Study of the Gulf South.

For additional information on this panel discussion, contact Jennifer Brannock at jennifer.brannock@usm.edu or call 601.266.4347.