Kellogg Foundation announces $2.3 million endowment to MS Civil - - Jackson, MS

Kellogg Foundation announces $2.3 million endowment to MS Civil Rights Museum

Source: W.K. Kellogg Foundation Source: W.K. Kellogg Foundation
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Building on its more than 40-year legacy in the state of Mississippi, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Tuesday announced an endowment to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History in support of developing educational programs that will be operated by the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.

The $2.3 million endowment from the Kellogg Foundation will fund a partnership between MDAH, the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation and the Medgar & Myrlie Evers Institute. The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum will educate Mississippians about the struggle for civil rights and provide a venue where visitors may come together to engage in meaningful public dialogue and programs that foster reconciliation and promote healing.

The museum endowment will fund numerous educational initiatives in the lead-up to and after the opening of the museum, including:

  • Summer teacher training programs and school workshops to prepare educators to teach an expanded civil rights curriculum and utilize the resources of the museum
  • Digitizing important historical documents from the Evers collection to be housed at the museum for use by scholars, teachers and students
  • Supporting the Medgar Wiley Evers Lecture Series throughout the state to engage communities in the museum's programs.

“I can't wait for the day that the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum opens its doors to people from Mississippi and throughout the country and the world,” said Myrlie Evers.

Gov. William F. Winter added that young people visiting the Civil Rights Museum will learn lessons of sacrifice, courage and determination that will help them make a difference in Mississippi and the world.

The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum is scheduled to open in 2017.

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