FROM MDAH RELEASES — The Mississippi Department of Archives and History will receive $2.3 million from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to support programming through the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and fund a partnership between MDAH, the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute, and the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation. The grant will make possible educational initiatives such as summer teacher training programs and school workshops, public programs in communities throughout the state, and the digitization of important historical documents from the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Collection at MDAH. The announcement was made October 14 in Jackson at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building.
“We thank the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for this extraordinary investment in our state’s future and for connecting the collections of MDAH with the people of Mississippi,” said MDAH director H.T. Holmes. “And we are thrilled they made this grant in honor of Myrlie Evers and Gov. William Winter, two leaders who have been instrumental in making the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum a reality.”
The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and Museum of Mississippi History are under construction in downtown Jackson and are scheduled to open in December 2017 as the centerpiece of the state’s bicentennial celebration. For more information about the 2MississippiMuseums project, visit www.2mississippimuseums.com.
“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, speaking at the luncheon after learning of the endowment. 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 W.K. Kellogg Foundation, founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org.