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I edited my Mississippi high school yearbook. Blackface is not the only way to do damage.  USA TODAY

The courage of my high school's first black graduates is inspiring. If only I could have been as courageous in acknowledging them in our yearbook.

JPS school bond oversight committee announced  WLBT

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The Jackson Public School District's Board of Trustees introduced to the public the newly-appointed members of the Bond Oversight ...

OPINION: Young People Are Still Fired Up in Mississippi to Bring Change  Jackson Free Press

Drowning in our sorrow is easy, but in Mike Espy's defeat, I am learning so much about the place I call home. I've learned why I should appreciate my ...

How Integration Failed in Jackson's Public Schools from 1969 to 2017  Jackson Free Press

Jackson's public schools, like the majority in the state, remained solidly separate and unequal in the 1950s and 1960s despite the ruling in the Brown v. Topeka ...

Joshua Quinn  Jackson Free Press

Joshua Quinn originally wanted to be a traveling psychologist, but overseas excursions changed his mind.

JPS Students: 'Takeover' Could Empty Schools, Fill Jails  Jackson Free Press

State of Mississippi takeover of Jackson Public Schools could be devastating to young people, a group of JPS students told reporters outside City Hall Monday.

JROTC Preps Students for College, Life  Jackson Free Press

Willie Day, a senior at Callaway High School, just got his acceptance letter in the mail. "I think I'm going to Hinds Community College. I'm going for graphic ...

OPINION: Fighting a System That Was Not Made for Them  Jackson Free Press

The national and even statewide conversation around gun violence and youth circulates around white students in suburban settings. Only when well-to-do white ...

Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Breakfast at MSU, USM AIM Awards and Tougaloo Scholarship Campaign  Jackson Free Press

Mississippi State University will honor Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and legacy as a minister, humanitarian and civil-rights activist during the school's 25th annual ...

Richard Ford wins Library of Congress award: 'Winning a prize is a great exception to the rule of a writer's life'  Mississippi Today

Jackson native Richard Ford will receive the 2019 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction – effectively a lifetime achievement award to be presented ...

Author Q&A: 'Lines Were Drawn'  Jackson Clarion Ledger

Three graduates of Jackson's Murrah High School class of 1973 come together in a new book to describe the “social experiment” they thought was going to work ...

Joshua Mannery  Jackson Free Press

Murrah High School senior and Student Body President Joshua Mannery, 17, is both a scholar and an activist.

Amazing Teens 2017  Jackson Free Press

A major part of our mission at the Jackson Free Press is to celebrate youth in the Jackson metro area. These 13 teens plus this week's Jacksonian are part of ...

People on the Streets  Jackson Free Press

The Jackson Free Press asked people on the streets the question, "What does Jackson need?"

Famous Athletes from Jackson  Jackson Free Press

Besides blues music and many other things, Jackson has also had many great athletes come out of it. Here are a few of them.

Billy Brewer  Jackson Free Press

Former University of Mississippi head football coach Homer Ervin "Billy" Brewer lived long enough to find out he would be inducted into the Mississippi Sports ...

Olivia Coté  Jackson Free Press

Olivia Coté, a 9th grade English teacher at Murrah High School, grew up watching her mother, Anne Karges, hard at work at her craft.

Providing Hope for Kids Is In Our Self-Interest  Jackson Free Press

#You may have noticed that the Jackson Free Press news team has spent a good deal of time reporting the *content* and context of the 2016 BOTEC report that ...

VA Patterson  Jackson Free Press

As a young child, V.A. Patterson's mother, Mary Alice Bookhart, who was a long-time women's editor for The Clarion-Ledger, would take her to art shows and the ...

A Platform for Community  Jackson Free Press

On Thursday, March 22, Cathead Distillery in downtown Jackson was bustling with activity at JXN Gumbo as J.J. Townsend launched his nonprofit community ...

Corabel Shofner  Jackson Free Press

In many ways, "Almost Paradise" carries the hallmarks of a classic southern adventure tale, even though its author, Corabel Shofner, spent a large part of her life ...

Debra Mays-Jackson  Jackson Free Press

Jackson State University named Debra Mays-Jackson its chief of staff for JSU President William Bynum Jr. on July 24.

Christopher Lockhart  Jackson Free Press

Christopher Lockhart, owner of Capital City Kayaks, says he has always enjoyed being out on the water.

Dolla Black's Biggest Days  Jackson Free Press

While Jackson listeners have been jamming to verses from rapper Dolla Black for nearly a decade now, the genre wasn't his first introduction to making music.

Roderick Red  Jackson Free Press

Roderick Red believes that sparking change is the best use of art. The 28-year-old filmmaker and producer is using his multimedia business, Red Squared ...

High School Football Preview 2015  Jackson Free Press

Football season starts on Friday nights in Mississippi. Here are 10 big stories to follow for the high-school football season.

Celebrating Mississippi Composers  Jackson Free Press

When the Mississippi Chorus began looking ahead to the launch of its 30th season this fall, Artistic Director Mark Nabholz says that the board faced an important ...

Charter School Lawsuit in Mississippi - Jackson Public Schools in Crisis

A lawsuit over the charter and public schools in Mississippi could affect tens of thousands of children.

Q&A with author Amy Conner  Jackson Clarion Ledger

Amy Conner spent her childhood and teenage years in her father's hometown of Jackson, graduating from Murrah High School in 1974.

JFP Q&A: Ward 2 candidate Melvin Priester Jr. (incumbent, Democrat)  Jackson Free Press

Read Ward 2 Councilman Melvin Priester Jr.'s answer to the 2017 JFP City Council Questionnaire.

Jackson's First Couple: How the Lumumbas Met and Why They Love Jackson  Jackson Free Press

Jackson's first couple's story begins in a kindergarten classroom at North Jackson Elementary School. They both remember walking to school together with other ...

City Lobbyist Synarus Green Running for Rep. Kimberly Campbell's Seat  Jackson Free Press

Synarus Green is the first candidate to publicly announce he will run for Rep. Kimberly Campbell's seat in the Mississippi Legislature.

Stephanie Burks  Jackson Free Press

When the Jackson Free Press first asked to interview Stephanie Burks, her immediate reaction was, "Are you sure it's me and not my mom?"

Mississippi NBA Pairing Perfectly Timed  Jackson Free Press

Looking to bolster their fading playoff hopes, the Charlotte Hornets reinvigorated the careers of two of Mississippi's all-time greats in the process.

Home Cookin' with Jon Wiener  Jackson Free Press

Meeting with Jon Wiener, the host of "Home Cookin'" on ESPN Radio (105.9 FM The Zone), you quickly realize two things. He is excited and passionate about ...

"Remembering Jim Dollarhide" by The Arts Blog  Jackson Free Press

Last week, the Mississippi film community lost a legend. On Thursday, March 16, Jim Dollarhide's home near Lake Cavalier in Madison went up in flames, and ...

Jim Dollarhide  Jackson Free Press

On Thursday, March 16, Jim Dollarhide's home near Lake Cavalier in Madison went up in flames, and on Wednesday, March 23, Madison County Coroner Alex ...

Don Hinton  Jackson Free Press

Don Hinton became executive director of the MHSAA July 1, 2011, when Mississippi Sports Hall-of-Famer Ennis Proctor retired after 20 years in the position.

William Walker  Jackson Free Press

For William Walker, it was the soundtracks of movies such as "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones"—not their big-budget action sequences and explosions—that ...

Council Approves Hardwick  Jackson Free Press

On Tuesday, the City Council unanimously approved the nomination of attorney June Hardwick to serve as a judge in Jackson's municipal court.

Hell's Warriors in 'Gideon's Army'  Jackson Free Press

Dante encounters an inscription posted above the entrance that reads: “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.”

Free Entrance Exams Open a Path to College  Chronicle of Higher Education

Several states have turned to mandatory testing to move the needle on college enrollment. It seems to be making a difference for some underprivileged students.

Tonja Murphy  Jackson Free Press

Tonja Murphy, a single mother, is Jackson Public Schools' "Parent of the Year," and the after-school mentoring program coordinator at Rowan Middle School for ...

Amazing Teens  Jackson Free Press

If kids are our future, we have a lot to look forward to as the 16 young people chosen as this year's Amazing Teens grow into adulthood.

Roy Coleman  Jackson Free Press

In 1976, Roy Coleman became the first black high-school quarterback to receive a scholarship at the University of Mississippi.

Caught on Tape: Mississippi Coach Caught Whipping High School Students  ABC News

Parents of Mississippi high school basketball players have filed suit against coach Marlon Dorsey after he was caught on tape whipping the players with a belt.

Chanelle Renee  Jackson Free Press

Model Chanelle Renee is more than just a pretty face. Renee is also a graphic designer, creative director and design editor.

Judge James E. Graves  Jackson Free Press

Fifth Circuit Judge and Clinton native James E. Graves Jr. will receive an award in May honoring a lifetime of work in the Mississippi legal system.

Author Q&A with Katy Simpson Smith  Jackson Clarion Ledger

Jackson native Katy Simpson Smith celebrates the “The Story of Land and Sea” on Tuesday.

Once in a 'Blu Moon'  Jackson Free Press

Mississippi hip-hop fans may be familiar with the wistful flow of rapper Justin Johnson, a Jackson native who performs under the moniker LV Baby, but his latest ...

State finals notes: Former Detroit Pistons star Lindsey Hunter relishes ride with Class D boys basketball champ Southfield Christian

EAST LANSING — Glance at the Southfield Christian boys basketball roster, and you quickly notice the name Lindsey Hunter. Actually, you see it three times.

Author Q&A with Phillip Watson on 'Garden Magic'  Jackson Clarion Ledger

Lexington native and QVC garden expert Phillip Watson talks about his latest book, "Garden Magic."

US Top 500 Outdoor Returnees: Girls 400m Hurdles  MileSplit

Check out the nation\'s top 500 outdoor girls returnees in the 400 meter hurdles.

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