A total of 80 teachers and librarians will have the opportunity this summer to attend "One Place, One Time: Jackson, Mississippi, 1963," a workshop at Millsaps College that will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the murder of Medgar Evers, a native Mississippian and NAACP field secretary, and focus on the year 1963 in Jackson.
James Baldwin, Medgar Evers, James Meredith, and Van Evers
The National Endowment for the Humanities has provided funding to Millsaps College and the Eudora Welty Foundation for the two one-week Landmarks in American History and Culture Workshops.
"We believe that 'One Place, One Time' will provide all of us with new ways of understanding the complex intersections of race and power, cultural change and resistance, institutions and individuals, and will further provide us with ways of making these intersections vivid for our students," said Suzanne Marrs, professor of English and Welty Foundation scholar-in-residence at Millsaps and co-director of the workshops.
The workshops, scheduled July 14-19 and July 21-26, are open to full-time and part-time classroom teachers and librarians in public, charter, independent, and religiously affiliated schools, as well as home schooling parents. Each participant will receive a $1,200 stipend at the end of their workshop to cover travel, lodging and food.
March 4 is the application deadline. For application information, visit the Eudora Welty Foundation website or the National Endowment for the Humatnities website. Completed applications should be submitted to: Stephanie Rolph, Millsaps College, 1701 N. State Street, Jackson, MS 39202, and should be postmarked no later than March 4.
The workshop is tied to the Eudora Welty Foundation because Welty wrote the story, "Where Is The Voice Coming From?" in response to Evers' murder.
"She was horrified by the murder," Marrs said. "She wrote the story immediately, and it was printed in the New Yorker just three weeks later. They had to edit it over the phone."
Participants will tour civil rights sites in Jackson such as the home of Medgar Evers, Tougaloo College and the Farish Street district and hear speakers such as Myrlie Evers, widow of Medgar Evers; Civil Rights activist Edwin King; investigative reporter and MacArthur Foundation Fellow Jerry Mitchell; and Evers' biographer Michael Vinson Williams.
"It's a very location specific workshop, which makes it unique," said Stephanie Rolph, visiting assistant professor of history at Millsaps and co-director of the workshops. "Visiting the Medgar Ever House, going to Tougaloo College where so much of the Civil Rights movement had its start and the other field trips will help make the history come alive."