Appreciating the Present

“But courage was growing in me too. Little by little it was getting harder and harder for me not to speak out.” 

Anne Moody

Wilkinson County, MS native

In 2020...

Mississippi ranks as the state with the highest percentage of African Americans in America at a whopping 37.3% according to the 2010 census. It continues to top the list by 5 percent ahead of every other Southern state — that’s a big number in this context. 

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Jackson, MS, the capital, ranks as the city with the largest population of African Americans in America at a staggering 80.1% according to the 2010 census. Furthermore, it has become more African American over the course of the decade.

It's safe to say that the population of Mississippi today looks dramatically different from the people 100 or 200 years ago. However, these aren't the only additions to Mississippi worth noting. Even since 1931, Mississippi has made significant progress and has many notable people to show for it such as...

Hiram Rhodes Revels
1st Black American Congressman

His Legacy >

His Legacy >

Medgar Wiley Evers
 
African American Civil Rights Activist
James D. 
Hardy
World-Renowned American Surgeon

His Legacy >

Fannie Lou Hamer
American Political Leader

Her Legacy >

B.B.
King
American Blues Musican

His Legacy >

Eudora
Welty
American Author and Novelist

Her Legacy >

Elvis 
Presley
American 
Singer

His Legacy >

Jim 
Henson
American Puppeteer

His Legacy >

Greenwood 
Leflore
Native American Choctaw Chief

His Legacy >

 

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