A Jackson Bibliography

JacksonMSIf you’re joining us in Jackson for the Summer Symposium later this month, check out our recommended reading, below. If you can’t make it, you can read along with us. Here is a selection of resources about Jackson’s history, the story of the Civil Rights Movement and Freedom Summer, and works by our Summer Symposium speakers, chefs, and performers.


2014 Summer Foodways Symposium

Jackson, Mississippi



Cora, Cat. Cat Cora’s Kitchen: Favorite Meals for Family and Friends. (cookbook; 2004)

Eubanks, Ralph. Ever Is a Long Time: A Journey into Mississippi’s Dark Past. (memoir; 2003)  

Evans, John. Jackson. (nonfiction; forthcoming from Lemuria Books, July 1, 2014.)

Evers-Williams, Myrlie, and Marable, Manning, eds. The Autobiography of  Medgar Evers: A Hero’s Life and Legacy Revealed through His Writings, Letters, and Speeches. (scholarship/autobiography; 2006).

Foose, Martha. A Southerly Course: Recipes and Stories from Close to Home. (cookbook; 2011)

Graham, Maryemma, ed. On Being Female, Black, and Free: Essays by Margaret Walker, 1932–1992. (essay collection; 1997)

Halberstam, David. The Children. (scholarship; 1999)

Martinez, Elizabeth, ed. Letters from Mississippi: Reports from Civil Rights Volunteers and Freedom School Poetry of the 1964 Freedom Summer.  (scholarship/primary documents; 2007)

Miller, Adrian. Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One   Plate at a Time. (scholarship, 2013)

Moody, Anne. Coming of Age in Mississippi. (memoir; 1968)

Walker, Margaret. Jubilee. (novel; 1966)

—- For My People. (poetry; 1942)

—- Prophets for a New Day. (poetry; 1970)

Watson, Bruce. Freedom Summer: The Savage Season That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy. (scholarship; 2010)

Welty, Eudora. The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty (short stories; 1982).

—- Delta Wedding. (novel; 1946)

—- One Writer’s Beginnings (memoir; 1984)

Young, Kevin. Book of Hours. (poetry; 2014)


Chamberlain, Daphne. “‘And a Child Shall Lead the Way’: Children’s Participation in the Jackson, Mississippi, Black Freedom Struggle, 1946-1970.” (dissertation; University of Mississippi, department of History, 2010)

Cleveland, Tyler. “An Interview with Malcolm White.” Jackson Free Press, April 3, 2013.

Luckett, Robert. “‘Hell Fired out of Him’: The Muting of James Silver in Mississippi,” [chapter] The Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi, Ted Ownby, ed. (scholarship; 2013)

Oral Histories

Jackson’s Iconic Restaurants, Southern Foodways Alliance, 2014

Bully’s Restaurant, Southern Foodways Alliance, 2014


Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story. (documentary; 2012)


Levingston, Bruce. Still Sound. (audio recording—piano performances/various composers; 2012)

—- Heart Shadow. (audio recording—piano performances/various composers; 2011)