By Bobby J. Smith II For proponents, it showed the world the plight of rural Mississippi blacks and helped garner support. For opponents like the White Citizens’ Council (WCC), these elements perpetuated the dual organization of the South, which enforced white superiority and promoted black inferiority. This dichotomy is best illustrated by the sharecropping system … Continued
Gravy tells the story of the South’s first Community Health Center, started in Mound Bayou, Mississippi, by Dr. Jack Geiger.
Bonita Conwell, a vibrant force in agricultural, social, and economic justice, passed away Tuesday, November 8, 2016.
Next week on Gravy: The tragic and true story of Booker Wright, owner of Booker’s Place nightclub and waiter at famed restaurant Lusco’s, who spoke out about the pains of segregation and lived and died in the Mississippi Delta town of Greenwood.
Though Mr. Scott passed away last October, his story of perseverance continues to inspire future generations.
An alternative to plantation commissaries and catering to a predominately African American clientele, the Chinese American grocer was a mainstay in many Delta neighborhoods well into the 20th century.
Over the weekend, we learned of the passing of Delta tamale matriarch Elizabeth Scott.
The image of the Mississippi Delta the public usually gets is one of poverty– or of cotton fields. But, on a search for women like her grandmother, Alysia Burton Steele found a different Delta in the food stories of church mothers.
Tamales in the Delta tell the story of the Delta’s complex, intertwined histories: cotton, legacies of slavery, migrant labor from Mexico, poverty—and music.