Mississippi Civil Rights Education Commission

Did you know that civil/human rights is a mandatory strand within the Mississippi social studies framework for ALL K-12 classrooms? As stated in the code, “This education should lead learners to understand and appreciate issues such as social justice, power relations, diversity, mutual respect, and civic engagement. Students should acquire a working knowledge of tactics engaged by civil rights activists to achieve social change.

Among these are: demonstrations, resistance, organizing, and collective action/unity. The content was incorporated as a content strand throughout the entire K – 12 framework at the recommendation of the Mississippi Civil Rights Education Commission.”

In 2006, the Winter Institute spearheaded passage of Miss. Senate Bill 2718. The only bill of its kind in the U.S., this legislation created the Mississippi Civil Rights Education Commission, of which the Winter Institute is a permanent member. The commission is charged with implementing civil rights and human rights education as part of the state’s K-12 curriculum. View the Mississippi Department of Education’s 2011 social studies framework, which incorporates civil rights and human rights education as mandated by the state, here. (This PDF document requires Adobe Reader to access.)

Is your school teaching this framework? Are you a teacher and would like to be trained in the framework or provided new resources for it? Are you a community member who would like to support your local school in implementing the framework? The commission can help! Let us know by emailing us at info@winterinstitute.org.