February 2022

Note from the Executive Director

Greetings friends, The second week of February was initially chosen to celebrate Black History each year because it coincides with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In 1976, President Gerald Ford extended the week to a month-long celebration. Although the contributions from African Americans to our country’s history should be continuously noted, February […]

Mississippi Urban League

The year was 1966, and Mississippi was in the midst of great struggles and change. It was the year that civil rights activist and entrepreneur Vernon Dahmer was murdered by klansmen who firebombed his store and residence in Hattiesburg. The Candlestick Park tornado hit Hinds, Rankin, Scott, Leake, Neshoba, Kemper, and Noxubee counties, killing 50 […]

Our Journey Continues

In the spring of 2020, after witnessing several polarizing racial and social injustice events, we were prompted to take a hard look at who we are as an organization and why we exist. At our inception, we adopted a set of core values that underpinned our work. Those values include accountability to the public and […]

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Belonging: An Alliance Experience

The Mississippi Alliance of Nonprofits and Philanthropy (The Alliance) was created in 2019 as a vehicle of statewide partnership and support.  To ensure its team’s ability to perform at its highest level, the organization explored diversity, equity, and inclusion as a cohort participant with the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation.  The team understood that […]

Teach Plus

Interview with Sanford Johnson What prompted you to participate in this work? A couple of years ago, members of the House and Senate Education Committees were at the State Capitol discussing the new college and career-ready standards. A teacher from South Mississippi was called up to address the legislators. With a dry-erase marker and a […]

Greenville Renaissance Scholars

For more than 13 years, Greenville Renaissance Scholars has served students and families in the Greenville area with our educational programs during the summer and the school year.  Our School Year Program (SYP) is our flagship afterschool initiative for middle school students.  At SYP 2021-2022, students engage in four days of rigor each week, filled […]