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  • Mud Pie
  • Pralines
  • Pecan Pie
  • Cajun Fried Pecans
  • Sweet Potato Crunch
  • Fried Catfish
  • Collard Greens
  • Cat's Head Biscuits
  • Hush-Puppies & Slaw
  • Black Strap Molasses




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  1. Mississippi's population is ranked 31st in the U.S. - Total 2,967,297 (2010 US Census)

  2. Mississippi is bordered on the north by Tennessee, on the east by Alabama, on the south by Louisiana and a narrow coast on the Gulf of Mexico and on the west, across the Mississippi River, by Louisiana and Arkansas. In addition to its namesake, major rivers in Mississippi include the Big Black River, the Pearl River, the Yazoo River, the Pascagoula River, and the Tombigbee River. Major lakes include Ross Barnett Reservoir, Arkabutla Lake, Sardis Lake and Grenada Lake. The largest lake in Mississippi is Grenada Lake.

  3. Due to seasonal flooding possible from December to June, the Mississippi River created a fertile floodplain in the Mississippi Delta, including tributaries. Early planters used slaves to build levees along the Mississippi River to control flooding. They built on top of the natural levees that formed from dirt deposited after the river flooded. As cultivation of cotton increased in the Delta, planters hired Irish laborers, who immigrated in high numbers in the 1840s, to ditch and drain their land.

  4. The plantation owners dependence on hundreds of thousands of slaves for labor and the severe wealth imbalances among whites, played strong roles both in state politics and in planters' support for secession. By 1860, the enslaved population numbered 436,631 or 55% of the state's total of 791,305. There were fewer than 1000 free people of color.

  5. On January 9, 1861, Mississippi became the second state to declare its secession from the Union, and it was one of the founding members of the Confederate States of America.

  6. By 1910, a majority of black farmers in the Delta had lost their land and were sharecroppers. By 1920, the third generation after freedom, most African Americans in Mississippi were landless laborers again facing poverty. Starting about 1913, tens of thousands of black Americans left Mississippi for the North in the Great Migration to industrial cities such as St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia and New York. They sought jobs, better education for their children, the right to vote, relative freedom from discrimination, and better living. In the migration of 1910–1940, they left a society that had been steadily closing off opportunity. Most migrants from Mississippi took trains directly north to Chicago and often settled near former neighbors.

  7. Mississippi generated rich, quintessentially American music traditions: gospel music, country music, jazz, blues and rock and roll. All were invented, promulgated or heavily developed by Mississippi musicians and most came from the Mississippi Delta. Many musicians carried their music north to Chicago, where they made it the heart of that city's jazz and blues.

  8. African-American Baptist churches grew to include more than twice the number of members as their white Baptist counterparts. The African American call for social equality resonated throughout the Great Depression in the 1930s and World War II in the 1940s.

  9. The Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates that Mississippi's total state product in 2006 was $84 billion. Per capita personal income in 2006 was $26,908, the lowest per capita personal income of any state, but the state also has the nation's lowest living costs.

  10. Until the Civil War era, Mississippi had a small number of schools and no educational institutions for black people. The first school for black people was established in 1862. During Reconstruction in 1871, black and white Republicans were the first to establish a system of public education in the state. The state's dependence on agriculture and resistance to taxation limited the funds it had available to spend on any schools. As late as the early 20th century, there were few schools in rural areas. With seed money from the Julius Rosenwald Fund, many rural black communities across Mississippi raised matching funds and contributed public funds to build new schools for their children.

  11. Essentially, many black adults taxed themselves twice and made significant sacrifices to raise money for the education of children in their communities. Blacks and whites attended separate public schools in Mississippi until the 1960s, when they began to be integrated following the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education that racially segregated public schools were unconstitutional.

  12. The state is creating a Mississippi Blues Trail, with dedicated markers explaining historic sites significant to the history of blues music, such as Clarksdale's Riverside Hotel, where Bessie Smith died after her auto accident on Highway 61. The Riverside Hotel is just one of many historical blues sites in Clarksdale. The Delta Blues Museum there is visited by tourists from all over the world. Close by are "Ground Zero" and "Madidi", a contemporary blues club and restaurant co-owned by actor Morgan Freeman.

  13. The state repealed its ban on interracial marriage (miscegenation) in 1987 (which the United States Supreme Court had ruled unconstitutional in 1967), and repealed the segregationist-era poll tax in 1989. In 1995, it symbolically ratified the Thirteenth Amendment, which had abolished slavery in 1865. In 2009, the legislature passed a bill to repeal other discriminatory civil rights laws which had been enacted in 1964 but ruled unconstitutional in 1967 by federal courts. Republican Governor Haley Barbour signed the bill into law
  14. Mississippians have contributed to American music. From opera star Leontyne Price to the alternative rock band 3 Doors Down, to gulf and western singer Jimmy Buffett, to rappers David Banner and Afroman, Mississippi musicians have been significant in all genres.

  15. Mississippi has a humid subtropical climate with long summers and short, mild winters. Temperatures average about 85°F in July and about 48 °F in January. The temperature varies little statewide in the summer; however, in winter, the region near Mississippi Sound is significantly warmer than the inland portion of the state.


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Emmett Till 62nd Anniversary Commemoration Weekend 2017

Emmett Till 62nd Anniversary Commemoration

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:
Friday, August 25, 2017 at 6:00 PM
- to -
Monday, August 28, 2017 at 10:30 PM (CDT)
Jackson MS

Emmett Till 62nd Anniversary Commemoration

August 28, 2017 marks the 62nd Anniversary of the Lynching of Emmett Louis Till. A 14 year old Chicagoan visiting relatives in Mississippi who whistled at Carolyn Bryant Donham, a white woman,after buying items at the Bryant Grocery Store. Emmett was kidnapped by her husband Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam and brutally murdered on August 28, 1955. His death, open casket funeral and the acquittal of the murderers,( who later confessed after being paid $4,000), all contributed to outrage across the nation and was the impetus for the Civil Rights Movement. His murder and lack of justice still haunts us today.

On August 25-28, 2017 starting in Jackson, Mississippi, we invite you to Join us, Till Family, ambassadors, friends, supporters, students, civil rights advocates, civic leaders, special guests and more for a powerful #EmmettTill62nd Anniversary Commemoration weekend. We are going back where it all began, Mississippi! It’s also a #TimeforUnity in #BlackandWhite. We remember the sacrifice he made, remind ourselves the culture of hatred that caused it, honor the courage of his mother and the legacy of hope that Emmett represents today. We also vow NEVER AGAIN!

A list of activities planned by TEAM MISSISSIPPI is included below. Thank you in advance for your interest and support.

  • Friday, August 25 at 6:00 p.m Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church, 1118 Martin Luther King in Jackson, MS a Film screening featuring Mamie Till Mobley’s memorable visit.

  • Friday, August 25 8:00 pm Remembering Emmett Till with Candle Light Vigil and Prayer for Peace at Progressive Baptist Church, 2323 Powers Ave. Jackson, MS hosted by Emmett Till Justice For Families, Progressive Baptist Church and Team Mississippi

  • Friday, August 25 10:00 p.m. until close, community Meet and Greet with Till Family and special guests, entertainment, music, art and spoken word. Location: Johnny T’s Bistro & Blues, 538 N. Farish Street. Jackson, MS 39202

  • Saturday, August 26: Delta Bus Tour (Hosted by the City of Jackson, MS and the City Council) *$20 per person. Buses departing Jackson, MS Location meet point TBA. Departure no later than 10:00 a.m. for approx. 2 hour Bus trip from Jackson to Money, MS, Sumner, MS, Glendora MS, modified driving & walking tours in Delta area., Tour will include selected sites on Emmett Till Memorial Commission’s driving tour & Emmett Till Trail of Tears and Terror walking tour, visit Emmett Till Intrepid Museum in Glendora, MS (fee is $5 for adults and children $3 payable upon entrance) and Emmett Till Interpretive Museum and infamous Courthouse both in Sumner, MS, with a community discussion as time permits etc. Area students will serve as hosts along with Team Mississippi: Deborah Watts, Jessie Jaynes Leading with Tour Guides. Buses to depart Delta area no later than 6:30 p.m. -7:00 p.m. to arrive 2 hours later. At (Location TBA) in Jackson, MS

  • Saturday, August 26: Emmett Louis Till Commemoration March (ELTCM) for Peace, Unity Justice & Love (From Mississippi State Capitol to Jackson City Hall) The ELTCM March will begin at 2:00 p.m. For more information contact Ward 3 Councilman Stokes office 601 960 1090. Hosted by the City of Jackson, MS and the City Council.

  • Sunday, August 27: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Worship Together service In White at Alabaster COGIC 940 W McDowell Rd., Jackson, MS. with Till Family and Team Mississippi wearing white.

  • Sunday August 27: 4:00 p.m. The Nest at Highlites, 501 W. County Line Rd in Touglaloo, MS (Across from Tougaloo College) An Emmett Till FILM FEST: Films available for showing: Who Killed Emmett Till? 45 min, The Story of Mamie Till Mobley 35 min, both hosted by ETLF, Deborah Watts and other Till Family. Other Film makers invited to do screenings as time and venue permits. Contact Mac Epps 601 918 4350 for more information.

  • Monday, August 28: Remembering Emmett Louis Till. Join us for the annual Time for Unity in Black and White: Location: Any where in the Universe. Wear black and white attire, observe a moment of Silence at 12 noon, Say the names of others who lost their lives to hate, racism and violence. Vow NEVER AGAIN!

  • Monday, August 28: (Time to be announced) Remembering Emmett Louis Till Community Lunch at Bully’s 3118 Livingston RD, Jackson, MS 39213 Hosted by Jackson, City Councilman Stokes 601 960 1090 for more information.

  • Monday, August 28: Red Carpet 6 p.m Event at 7 p.m. Mississippi Art Center 201 East, Pascagoula St. Jackson, MS. Remembering Emmett Louis Till & Others Black and White Affair. Contact Host Dr. JAY for tickets and more details email Expressions Emmett Till as always, we invite area students a platform by inviting them to respond or express their sentiments or tributes with music, art, spoken word, poetry, etc. during this Emmett Louis Till 62nd Anniversary Commemoration Weekend

  • Get Tickets for admission to events (Most are free, excluding the tour). go to are welcomed and can be made here at Eventbrite or send via to For more info follow Emmett Till Legacy Foundation (ETLF on Twitter @emmetttill and Facebook or and Emmett Till Legacy Foundation (ETLF) on Instagram too @emmetttilllegacyfoundation for more details.

    A TIME FOR UNITY IN BLACK AND WHITE: Honoring Emmett Till on his 76th Birthday on July 25th and the day of his Lynching on Aug 28.

    A #TIMEFORUNITY IN #BLACKANDWHITE: Please join us! Let's Remember Emmett Till and others who have lost their lives to hate, violence and racism in the US and in other parts of the world.

    #TrayvonMartin, #JordanDavis, #OscarGrant, #RenishaMcBride, #RekiaBoyd, #TamirRice

    #SandraBland, #EricGarner, #JamarClark. #PhilandoCastile, #StephenBiko

    and so many others) Feel free to add names we have not included.

    How can you participate?:

    1.Please Wear #blackandwhite attire/clothing items on July 25, (Emmett Till's 76th birthday) and on August 28 (the day Emmett Till was murdered in 1955, 62 years ago).

    2.Please pause for a moment of silence at noon and

    3. #SayTheirNames. This is a silent but powerful way to show that we will never forget. We join those survivors of the #Holocaust in declaring: #NEVERAGAIN!

    4. Take your pic or selfie with your black and white on.

    5.Post on social media.

    6. Tag us, Upload your pics and share on our Facebook page too. Here is the link:

    7. Use Hashtags

    #EmmettTill #Happy76EmmettTill

    #Happy76BirthdayEmmettTill And #NeverAgain on 7/25 and Use Hashtags #NEVERAGAINEmmettTill #EmmettTill62nd, #EmmettTill62 #NEVERAGAIN on 8/28 #RememberEmmettTill, #RememberingEmmettTill


    #Blacklivesmatter #neverforget

    Please support this important weekend by making a tax deductible contribution today!

    Send to Emmett Till Legacy Foundation via

    Send to:
    Or Mail a check or money order to our mailing address:
    Emmett Till Legacy Foundation
    1161 Wayzata Blvd East, suite, 43, Minneapolis, MN 55391

    We hope we can count on your presence and support!

    Team Mississippi at work!!

    Emmett Till Legacy Team Mississippi! Includes: Till Family members, Emmett Till Legacy Foundation: Deborah Watts and Teri Watts, 763 476 8677

    Emmett Till Justice For Families: Laura Williams and Priscilla Sterling 601 760 5136

    Jackson City Council, Progressive Baptist Church, Johnny T’s Bistro & Blues, MS Move and more.

    Share this event on Facebook and Twitter
    We hope you can make it!

    Emmett Till Legacy Foundation, Emmett Till Justice for Families and Team Mississippi


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    Demographics of Alabama
    By Race White Black American Indian Asian Hispanic
    total population 61.72% 37.24% 0.72% 0.91% 1.50%

    Because Hispanics could be counted in other races, the totals above could possibly be more than 100%. If you would like a detailed listing of all ethnic groups in the U.S., please Click Here.


    1. Mississippi ranks #50 as best states to live.  Source

    2. Percentage of black-owned firms, 13.3%

    3. 52.7% of Mississippians are female and 47.2% are male.


    Mississippi Flag
    The Flag of the State of Mississippi

    • Flower - Flower or Bloom of the Magnolia or Evergreen Magnolia
    • Wildflower - Coreopsis
    • Tree - Magnolia
    • Song - “Go, Mississippi”
    • Stone - Petrified Wood
    • Mushroom - Morel
    • Fish - Largemouth or Black Bass
    • Insect - Honeybee
    • Shell - Oyster Shell
    • Water Mammal - Bottlenosed Dolphin or Porpoise
    • Fossil - Prehistoric Whale
    • Land Mammal - White-Tailed Deer - Red Fox
    • Waterfowl - Wood duck
    • Beverage - Milk
    • Butterfly - Spicebush Swallowtail
    • Dance - Square Dance

      Nickname: The Magnolia State; The Hospitality State

      Motto(s): Virtute et armis

      Capital: Jackson

    1. Jackson
    2. Gulfport
    3. Biloxi
    4. Hattiesburg
    5. Southhaven
    6. Greenville
    7. Meridian
    8. Tupelo
    9. Olive Branch
    10. Clinton

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