Some of Our Friends and Partners

We are pleased to work with individuals and organizations throughout the state of Mississippi and beyond. These friends and partners include:

The Andrew Goodman Foundation combines the community organizing tools and lessons of the past with the technological innovations of the present to seed and nurture a new hero citizenry: ordinary individuals engaged and committed to creative and effective action for social impact.

Andrus Family Fund. Andrus, based in New York, has funded some of our work. Please visit the site for their Transitions program: www.transitionandsocialchange.org

Alliance for Truth and Racial Reconciliation. In 2005, a gathering of groups based in the Deep South met to talk about helping communities confront issues of racial violence and reconciliation. Representatives of The Birmingham Pledge, Southern Truth and Reconciliation, and the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation were present. Out of this meeting grew the desire to form a regional alliance, creating a network of organizations dedicated to similar ideals, who could serve local community needs throughout the South. This led to the March 2006 Southern Exposure conference, hosted by the three original groups at the University of Mississippi.

The C.C. Bryant Project. A documentary project about a key figure in the Mississippi Civil Rights movement. McComb, Mississippi.

Mississippi ARC (Actively Reaching Communities), a statewide coalition of progressive service and advocacy groups.

Mississippi Center for Justice. The Mississippi Center for Justice (MCJ) was established in June 2002 as a nonprofit, public interest law firm committed to advancing racial and economic justice. Its founding responded to an urgent need to re-establish in-state advocacy on behalf of low-income people and communities of color. Supported and staffed by civil rights advocates, attorneys, social service advocates and others, MCJ is committed to developing and pursuing strategies that combat discrimination and poverty in Mississippi.

Mississippi Teacher Corps. The Mississippi Teacher Corps is a two-year program, similar to the Peace Corps, that recruits college graduates to teach in critical-needs schools in the Mississippi Delta and Jackson. In exchange, participants receive a full salary and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Mississippi.

Start Here Project Development. Christopher Schultz, founder of Start Here, worked closely with us and prepared a grant proposal that resulted in the Winter Institute’s $3.1 million award from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation; on the heels of that success and many others over the years, Chris and Start Here agreed to take over the Institute’s development and marketing/communications.

Sunflower County Freedom School. Begun in 2000, this innovative program is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to educational excellence and leadership development in Sunflower County, Mississippi. Founded by Teach for America alumni, it uses the history and spirit of the 1960s freedom struggle to motivate young people to become capable and compassionate leaders in their communities. The project has participated in other WWIRR projects and UM has hosted its summer programs, with involvement from SEED students and support from WWIRR staff. Sunflower County, Mississippi

Teaching for Change. Since 2004, the Winter Institute has worked with Teaching for Change on curriculum development and teacher education projects in Mississippi schools, including McComb and Philadelphia. Teaching for Change provides teachers and parents with the tools to transform schools into centers of justice where students learn to read, write and change the world.

Turkey Creek Community Initiatives. Following Hurricane Katrina, WWIRR began working with TCCI, a nonprofit corporation seeking to “conserve, restore and utilize for education and other socially beneficial purposes the unique cultural, historical and ecological assets of the Turkey Creek community and watershed.” Read an article by Derrick Evans (link opens PDF file). Gulfport, Mississippi

White Privilege Conference (WPC) serves as a yearly opportunity to examine and explore difficult issues related to white privilege, white supremacy and oppression. WPC provides a forum for critical discussions about diversity, multicultural education and leadership, social justice, race/racism, sexual orientation, gender relations, religion and other systems of privilege/oppression.

Within Our Lifetime, a growing nationwide network of racial healing and equity practitioners committed to ending the impact of racism in our lifetime.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The racial equity mission of WKKF: “We believe that all children should have equal access to opportunity. To make this vision a reality, we  direct our grants and resources to support racial healing and to remove systemic barriers that hold some children back. We invest in community and national organizations whose innovative and effective programs foster racial healing. And through action-oriented research and public policy work, we are helping translate insights into new strategies and sustainable solutions.”