Yearlong Youth Initiative

  • Medgar Evers:  An Unsung Hero Medgar Evers: An Unsung Hero


June 12, 2013, marks the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Mississippi civil rights activist Medgar Evers.

The William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation will support a year-long initiative in Mississippi schools and communities beginning in August 2012. We seek to support eighth through twelfth graders and their teachers as they learn about the civil rights era and its legacies today, especially through understanding local history and the life and legacy of civil rights leader Medgar Evers. We hope that students will learn, document, and share the stories of overlooked figures in their communities who fought for equity and justice.

Using oral histories, students will develop a variety of necessary skills including research, listening, writing, and literacy. They will also develop an appreciation for the ways in which ordinary citizens worked to make their communities better. As the project evolves we will provide: oral history training, online lessons, small grants for project development.

A larger goal of this work statewide will be to critically analyze the kinds of stories history tells. Using resources from the Storytelling Project, young people are encouraged to see themselves as makers of history who can learn about and build upon concealed stories and resistance stories to create their own emerging/transforming stories about working for justice. (For more information on the Storytelling Project, click here.)

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