The Greenwood Food Blockade

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 Podcast: Hungry in the Mississippi Delta

The summer of 1964 in Mississippi was Freedom Summer, a huge campaign to register black Americans to vote. Among the students and teachers who traveled to Mississippi for the movement were doctors and nurses and medical students. While they moved around the state, patching up civil rights workers, they saw a poverty they could never have imagined. People were hungry, starving to death from malnutrition, particularly in the Mississippi Delta.

SFA Short: Henry Vanegas – Carnitas Po-boy

As part of SFA’s 2017 focus on El Sur Latino we explore a series of dishes across the Southeast that reframe ideas of southern food. A favorite dish at El Lupillo in Gulfport, Mississippi, is the carnitas po-boy, a Mexican-style torta prepared on po-boy roll.

2017 Documentary Video Workshop

SFA launched an annual week-long Documentary Video workshop in Oxford, Mississippi, taught by Pihakis Foodways Filmmaker Ava Lowrey.

SST 598: Part Of It

“Through this project, and Ava’s class as a whole, I learned to think like a documentarian.”

SST 598: Food For Thought

Rebecca Lauck Cleary produced her film, Food for Thought, for her Documenting Southern Foodways course with Pihakis Film Fellow Ava Lowrey.