Tag: mississippi delta

Unita Blackwell, Civil Rights Activist and the 1st Black Woman to Be Elected a Mayor in Mississippi, Dies at 86

Unita Blackwell in 2001Photo: Associated Press Unita Blackwell, a veteran of the civil rights movement and winner of a MacArthur “genius” grant who was the first black woman to be elected a mayor in the state of Mississippi, has died. She was 86. Blackwell’s son confirmed that she died Monday, according to the Associated Press. Blackwell […]

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Black Mississippi High School Grad Charges Her Salutatorian Honor Was Given to Less Qualified White Student to Appease Racist Townspeople

The historically black East Side High School in Cleveland, Miss. (pictured in 2015) is no more after a judge ruled in 2016 that the Mississippi Delta town needed to desegregate its schools. Now a black student at the integrated high school charges the district wrongly denied her the salutatorian honor her grades deserved, giving the […]

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