Jackson Sit In

Food for Thought: Jackson Sit-ins

The fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 happens this year. Signed July 2, 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, the act outlawed ingrained forms of discrimination against racial, ethnic, national and religious minorities, as well as women. It also ended strict and biased voter registration requirements and public segregation in schools, at … Continued

Tea Cakes for Everyone

Mitchell Moore never thought he might spend the remainder of his life baking tea cakes. When he purchased the iconic Campbell’s Bakery in early 2011, Mitchell regarded Jackson’s favorite cookie with a bit of skepticism. Today, those tea cakes are launching a movement.

Food for Thought: War on Poverty

President Lyndon Johnson announced the War on Poverty in his January 1964 state of the union address, before embarking on a tour of Appalachia to promote the legislation.

A Fresh Look: The Welcome Table

Two Montgomery, Alabama women used their food to nourish and strengthen their community during the struggle for civil rights and since.

Sustainable South: Atlanta’s Food Desert

Hang out with the Southern Foodways Alliance long enough and you learn that we base each year’s programming around a theme. Throughout the year, staff gravitate toward articles, research, and conferences that speak to the theme. Then we enthusiastically share whatever it is we found with the rest of the team: “Did you see that … Continued

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OKRACAST: Edna Stewart of Edna’s Restaurant in Chicago, IL

All week we’ve been sharing stories from our Chicago Eats Oral History Project. On this week’s OKRACAST, meet Edna Stewart of Edna’s Restaurant in Chicago, IL. Edna Stewart’s parents were sharecroppers in Covington, Tennessee, until they moved to Chicago in 1936.  Edna was born two years later. As a young woman, Edna went to nursing … Continued

Photography of the Civil Rights Movement at the MS Museum of Art

It’s spring break in Mississippi, and what better way to spend a day off than at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson? This week, the museum is offering half off admission to see their special exhibits, including This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement.

What We’re Reading: “The Shrinking of LBJ”

“Johnson failed to swing a single Southern Democrat, despite the fact that several, including J. William Fulbright of Arkansas and Al Gore Sr. of Tennessee, were considered possible converts.” That’s a quote from The New Republic’s article about the myth and the reality of what role President Lyndon B. Johnson played during the passing of … Continued