Jackson Voices

You Mean We’re Not “Entitled” to Our Civil Rights?

You may have heard of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling to overturn Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act.  The ruling means Mississippi and several other states will no longer be subjected to pre-clearance for any changes in their voting laws.


Three Ways Racism Continues to Oppress Today

The civil rights movement is widely recognized as one of the most significant events in American history. That being said, and seeing that the movement’s climax was a mere 40 years ago you would think that it would have obvious consequences that would still be relevant today. Whether people want to believe it or not, race continues to play a significant role in life in America.


Will Capitol Street Improvement Project Deliver?

One of the projects underway in downtown Jackson that is expected to revitalize and develop retail business converts the 0.7 miles segment of Capitol Street between Gallatin and State streets to a two-way street.


Civil Rights: How Far Have We Come, What Have We Gained?

As I reflect on 50 years after the assassination of Medgar Wiley Evers, I ask myself these questions: How far have black Americans come in civil rights?  How much ground has been gained? Just how much progress have black Americans made since the civil rights struggles of the 60s?


The legend of creation and evolution theory

In 1908, you could pick up a public school “science” textbook and read the following:

“God created the heavens and the Earth in 6 days…It is a duty to pray…God governs the world in infinite wisdom.”

In 2000, a typical public school “science” textbook reads as follows:

“Evolution is fact, not theory – birds arose from non-birds and humans from non-humans. No person who pretends to any understanding of the natural world can deny these facts.”


Progress in Death: Medgar Evers’ Legacy

In one of the earlier episodes of ‘Law and Order,’ ADA Paul Robinette delivers one of his memorable lines. “We are past the separate drinking fountain. We are past legal discrimination. We are at the hearts and minds stage. And believe me, there is no quick fix.” In many ways, albeit a bit oversimplified, that dialogue sums up where the popular discussions on race relations are even today. The dialogues on race either focus on how the system itself is discriminatory (the liberal progressive position) or debate the cultural norms that often frame the outlook on the world that typifies inner-city hyper-segregated neighborhoods (the conservative position).


Medgar Evers – Would he do it again if he could?

I have lived in Jackson, Mississippi for a total of 14 years and had never driven past the small, bluish-green house at 232 Guynes Street, which is now called Margaret Walker Alexander Drive.  That was my initial thought as I pulled up to the front of the home that had housed Medgar Wiley Evers and his family.  I sat in the cool of my air conditioning waiting for the rest of The Clarion-Ledger Jackson Voices group to arrive for a private tour.  I wondered to myself how many more hidden treasurers about our history I had overlooked as I lived life; sometimes selfishly.


Medgar Evers: A lesson in history that needs to be told

I remember studying Anne Frank in the eight grade and how excited I was, mainly because we would be reading the play aloud and I of course, was Anne Frank. In addition to reading the play version of Anne Frank’s intimate diary that gave a look at the harsh lives Frank and her family had while in hiding, we also learned about troubles the other Jews faced as well.


Medgar Wiley Evers: 50-year anniversary of a martyr

It was a warm summer night on June 12, 1963 when a shot rang out on Guynes Street in the Georgetown neighborhood in Jackson, Mississippi. An innocent young black man was killed.


Infrastructure Problems Still Plaguing the City and Neighborhoods

Infrastructure is a word that has been beat to death in recent weeks by the Jackson mayoral candidates. And it remains to be seen how and if the leaders can handle the current infrastructure problems facing the city. But for right now it is one of, if not the most important issue facing Jackson today. And as a Jackson resident, I’ve seen this problem first hand around various areas of the city.