Ongoing YMP Youth Crime Forums Generate Causes, Solutions from All Ages

The Mississippi Youth Media Project started holding public dialogue circles in the Jackson community in early 2018 to collect potential solutions for crime and violence in the area. Dozens of local residents, from teenagers to elected officials, have brainstormed together for possible answers to several questions while sitting in circles with equal voices, as well […]

Of Potholes and Palaces: Education Disparities in Jackson Metro Schools

by Clay Morris Indigo Williams and her then 5-year-old son, JS, were about to embark on the boy’s journey into the colorful and simple world of kindergarten in 2015. Beginning at Madison Station Elementary, a school with an “A” rating from the Mississippi Department of Education, Williams enrolled JS in multiple extracurricular activities, had access […]

Lifting the Veil on Mental Health and Trauma in Jackson’s Youth

by Cole Morse The day was shockingly bright, contrasting Anaiya Miggins’ slowly darkening thoughts. On the way to the facility, she watched the trees and cars pass by in a blur. She had just read the green lettering on a sign outside her destination, the name of a mental-health facility in Jackson, Miss., when her […]

Digging Deeper: Confronting Youth Crime’s Causes and Solutions

By Aja Purvis, ​Leslyn Smith and Ruben Banks Additional reporting by Shakira Porter and Raha Maxwell John Knight, 15, and a friend were walking near his grandmother’s house in the Washington Addition under a beaming sun on July 7, 1991. Knight was dressed in shorts and a T-shirt when they walked up to the creek he […]

From Negative to Positive: Jackson’s Young People Fight for a Voice

By Jeffery Caliedo and Meché Leflore Additional reporting by August Harp and Y’Sonni Pressley Zion Blount, 17, silently stood in awe staring at the towering 555-foot white pillar known as the Washington Monument in summer 2017. She readjusted her glasses and her white-collared shirt above her black boots and slacks. The Reflection Pool, calmly shimmering […]

From Woolworth’s to #BlackLivesMatter: Protesting for Life, Freedom and Dignity

​By Kaitlyn Fowler and Maisie Brown Additional reporting by Joshua Wright, Z’eani Furdge and Chauncey Nettles The spray-painting of the demonstrators just added to the carnival atmosphere and elevated both the hysteria and the horror. In a sea of white customers, three dark spots speckled the startled crowd at Woolworth’s in downtown Jackson on May […]

Supporting Black Dollars and Businesses in Jackson, Miss.

by Asia Mangum, Kenytta Brown and Makallen Kelley Maati Joan Prim greets visitors to Marshall’s Music & Bookstore on Farish Street with a warm, enthusiastic hug, making them feel welcome from the start. On this day, her hair is wrapped in a yellow African head wrap, and she wears a matching shirt and an orange dashiki […]

Woolworth Sit-In Vets Recount ‘Brutal Attacks’

by Kaitlyn Fowler Photo above by Chauncey Nettles: The “Woolworth’s Sit-In for Change” Exhibit opened at Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center this summer. Rev. Edwin King came to the Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center in downtown Jackson on June 14 ready to educate the audience there during a conversation about the “Woolworth’s Sit-In […]

Future Leaders Build Bonds, Grow from Diversity

by Maisie Brown Photo above of Rikyla Brown by Jordan Mahoney [gdlr_frame type=”border” align=”left” caption=”Photo Courtesy Maisie Brown”][gdlr_image_link type=”image” image_url=”” link_url=”” alt=””][/gdlr_frame] The large room with huge African flags plastered over the huge walls shows signs of black liberation and power at the Lumumba Center at 939 W. Capitol St. in Jackson. Rooms are named after […]

Overcoming Black Girls’ Barriers to Success

by Asia Mangum [gdlr_frame type=”border” align=”left” caption=”Photo Courtesy Imani Khayyam”][gdlr_image_link type=”image” image_url=”×300.jpg” link_url=”” alt=””][/gdlr_frame] Black women may be the most educated group in the country, but the employment and salary rates don’t match up, and they often face barriers to success in the workplace. Some young women of color worry that predominantly black schools are not providing […]