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Mississippi Moments Podcast

USM Center for Oral History

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Mississippi Moments Podcast
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Mississippi Moments Podcast

USM Center for Oral History

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Mississippi Moments, a weekly radio program airing on Mississippi Public Broadcasting, is a partnership between the University of Southern Mississippi Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage, the Mississippi Humanities Council, and MPB.

Latest Episodes

Billie Rossie Tonos - The Delta Lebanese Community

Billie Tonos’s family immigrated from Lebanon and opened a store in Shaw with help from the Lebanese community. Tonos recalls her parent’s resourcefulness during the Great Depression. She describes her mother’s fierce patriotism when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. She also remembers how there was always room at the table for family and friends, especially during the holidays. This episode of Mississippi Moments was researched by Hayley Hasik and produced by Ross Walton. PHOTO: Schlatter.or

7 MIN4 d ago
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Billie Rossie Tonos - The Delta Lebanese Community

Charlsie Mae Hammond - Growing Up in Ethel, Mississippi

Charlsie Mae Graham Hammond grew up in Ethel, Mississippi, just outside of Kosciusko in the 1930s and 40s. In this episode, she shares some cherished childhood memories. She discusses her father’s job at the sawmill there, watching Westerns with her parents and playing “cowboys” with her siblings and friends. She describes how she and her best friend would ride the train to Kosciusko, listen to favorite programs on the radio, or travel to the Delta with her family to visit her paternal grandparents.

9 MIN2 w ago
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Charlsie Mae Hammond - Growing Up in Ethel, Mississippi

Dr Kent Wyatt - Academic Excellence at Delta State University

Dr. Kent Wyatt became the President of Delta State University in 1975. In this episode, Wyatt shares some of the accomplishments and challenges of his tenure. He explains the importance of having an emphasis on academic excellence and an “open door” policy for faculty and students. This episode of Mississippi Moments was researched by Hayley Hasik and produced by Ross Walton, with narration by Bill Ellison. PHOTO: http://inauguration.deltastate.edu/past-presidents/

14 MIN3 w ago
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Dr Kent Wyatt - Academic Excellence at Delta State University

Fred Clark, Sr., Part Two - The Freedom Riders

As a young man, Fred Clark of Jackson traveled to Midway, Georgia, to attend a series of meetings with Dr. Martin Luther King. He recalls fearing for his safety as the group planned protests across the Jim Crow South. The Freedom Riders were protesters who rode interstate buses to challenge southern segregation laws. Clark describes being arrested for trying to buy a ticket from the whites-only window. He remembers how their nonstop singing led to severe reprisals by prison officials.

9 MINNOV 5
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Fred Clark, Sr., Part Two - The Freedom Riders

Fred Clark, Sr., - Overcoming Fear and Oppression

EFred Clark, Sr. grew up in Jackson, Mississippi, during the 1950s and 60s. In this episode, the first of two parts, he recalls the death of Emmett Till and how fear dominated the black community at that time. As events unfolded around him, Clark was determined to overcome his fear and work to make things better. After the meetings, he would often catch a ride with civil rights leader Medgar Evers. He describes the sense of dread he felt riding with Evers, even as he marveled at the man’s bravery.

14 MINOCT 29
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Fred Clark, Sr., - Overcoming Fear and Oppression

Donald Hemphill - The Homochitto Lumber Company

In the late 1920s, Donald Hemphill’s father took a job with the Homochitto Lumber Company in Bude. In this episode, he shares his memories of growing up in the thriving sawmill town. At that time, many sawmills provide free company housing for their employees. Hemphill recalls the move to Bude and the primitive conditions in which they lived. Life in Bude revolved around the mill’s work whistle. Hemphill describes the sawmill’s last day and how they tied the whistle down after the last board was cu

9 MINOCT 15
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Donald Hemphill - The Homochitto Lumber Company

Lou Ginsberg - Growing Up Jewish in Bastrop, Louisiana

Jewish immigrant, Jacob Kern, migrated from Germany to America in the late 1800s. His daughter, Lourachael Kern Ginsberg recounts how her father paid for twelve of his family members to join them in Bastrop, Louisiana, in 1938. Growing up Jewish in Bastrop, Ginsberg remembers their family was accepted as part of the community. Ginsberg was attending Tulane University, when she met her future husband Herbie. She recalls knowing immediately that he was ‘the one’, and her mother’s reaction to the news.

11 MINOCT 1
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Lou Ginsberg - Growing Up Jewish in Bastrop, Louisiana

Lucy Allen - Two Mississippi Museums, Part 2

Funding for two Mississippi museums was approved by the state legislature in 2011. In this episode, Lucy Allen recalls the planning process for the Civil Rights Museum and the message contained in its design. When Mississippi announced plans to build a civil rights museum, some doubted it would tell the whole story. Allen explains how the state’s willingness to ‘go there,’ resulted in a powerful learning experience.

17 MINSEP 24
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Lucy Allen - Two Mississippi Museums, Part 2

MSM 628 Lucy Allen - The Two Mississippi Museums, Part 1

Lucy Allen moved from North Carolina to Mississippi and spent the next seven years teaching school. In this episode, she explains how her interest in photography led to a career with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. In 1961, the first State Historical Museum for Mississippi opened in the Old Capitol building. Allen discusses conditions that highlighted the need for a new museum and archives and how MDAH began planning for a new state museum in 1998. She recalls how Hurricane Katrina devastated the old museum in 2005 and altered all their plans. PODCAST EXTRA: As MDAH developed plans for a new state history museum, the State Legislature’s Black Caucus continued their years-long push for a separate civil rights museum to be located on the campus of Tougaloo College. Allen recounts how Governor Haley Barbour, former Governor William Winter, and Judge Reuben Anderson worked with others to combine the two museums together into one state-funded project. Don’t miss next week’s episode as Allen discusses the challenges they faced in making the Two Mississippi Museums a reality! PHOTO: Two Mississippi Museums architectural drawing

17 MINSEP 17
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MSM 628 Lucy Allen - The Two Mississippi Museums, Part 1

Jimmie W. Person - Growing Up in Port Gibson

Jimmie Person grew up in Port Gibson, Mississippi during the 1930s. In this episode, he recalls summers on his father’s plantation and the warm, nurturing environment small-town life provided the children. When Person reached high school, he attended Chamberlain-Hunt Military Academy in Port Gibson. He reflects on life at the all-male school and how they hosted off-campus dances in an old ballroom. PHOTO: MS Dept. of Archives and History

11 MINSEP 2
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Jimmie W. Person - Growing Up in Port Gibson

Latest Episodes

Billie Rossie Tonos - The Delta Lebanese Community

Billie Tonos’s family immigrated from Lebanon and opened a store in Shaw with help from the Lebanese community. Tonos recalls her parent’s resourcefulness during the Great Depression. She describes her mother’s fierce patriotism when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. She also remembers how there was always room at the table for family and friends, especially during the holidays. This episode of Mississippi Moments was researched by Hayley Hasik and produced by Ross Walton. PHOTO: Schlatter.or

7 MIN4 d ago
Comments
Billie Rossie Tonos - The Delta Lebanese Community

Charlsie Mae Hammond - Growing Up in Ethel, Mississippi

Charlsie Mae Graham Hammond grew up in Ethel, Mississippi, just outside of Kosciusko in the 1930s and 40s. In this episode, she shares some cherished childhood memories. She discusses her father’s job at the sawmill there, watching Westerns with her parents and playing “cowboys” with her siblings and friends. She describes how she and her best friend would ride the train to Kosciusko, listen to favorite programs on the radio, or travel to the Delta with her family to visit her paternal grandparents.

9 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Charlsie Mae Hammond - Growing Up in Ethel, Mississippi

Dr Kent Wyatt - Academic Excellence at Delta State University

Dr. Kent Wyatt became the President of Delta State University in 1975. In this episode, Wyatt shares some of the accomplishments and challenges of his tenure. He explains the importance of having an emphasis on academic excellence and an “open door” policy for faculty and students. This episode of Mississippi Moments was researched by Hayley Hasik and produced by Ross Walton, with narration by Bill Ellison. PHOTO: http://inauguration.deltastate.edu/past-presidents/

14 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Dr Kent Wyatt - Academic Excellence at Delta State University

Fred Clark, Sr., Part Two - The Freedom Riders

As a young man, Fred Clark of Jackson traveled to Midway, Georgia, to attend a series of meetings with Dr. Martin Luther King. He recalls fearing for his safety as the group planned protests across the Jim Crow South. The Freedom Riders were protesters who rode interstate buses to challenge southern segregation laws. Clark describes being arrested for trying to buy a ticket from the whites-only window. He remembers how their nonstop singing led to severe reprisals by prison officials.

9 MINNOV 5
Comments
Fred Clark, Sr., Part Two - The Freedom Riders

Fred Clark, Sr., - Overcoming Fear and Oppression

EFred Clark, Sr. grew up in Jackson, Mississippi, during the 1950s and 60s. In this episode, the first of two parts, he recalls the death of Emmett Till and how fear dominated the black community at that time. As events unfolded around him, Clark was determined to overcome his fear and work to make things better. After the meetings, he would often catch a ride with civil rights leader Medgar Evers. He describes the sense of dread he felt riding with Evers, even as he marveled at the man’s bravery.

14 MINOCT 29
Comments
Fred Clark, Sr., - Overcoming Fear and Oppression

Donald Hemphill - The Homochitto Lumber Company

In the late 1920s, Donald Hemphill’s father took a job with the Homochitto Lumber Company in Bude. In this episode, he shares his memories of growing up in the thriving sawmill town. At that time, many sawmills provide free company housing for their employees. Hemphill recalls the move to Bude and the primitive conditions in which they lived. Life in Bude revolved around the mill’s work whistle. Hemphill describes the sawmill’s last day and how they tied the whistle down after the last board was cu

9 MINOCT 15
Comments
Donald Hemphill - The Homochitto Lumber Company

Lou Ginsberg - Growing Up Jewish in Bastrop, Louisiana

Jewish immigrant, Jacob Kern, migrated from Germany to America in the late 1800s. His daughter, Lourachael Kern Ginsberg recounts how her father paid for twelve of his family members to join them in Bastrop, Louisiana, in 1938. Growing up Jewish in Bastrop, Ginsberg remembers their family was accepted as part of the community. Ginsberg was attending Tulane University, when she met her future husband Herbie. She recalls knowing immediately that he was ‘the one’, and her mother’s reaction to the news.

11 MINOCT 1
Comments
Lou Ginsberg - Growing Up Jewish in Bastrop, Louisiana

Lucy Allen - Two Mississippi Museums, Part 2

Funding for two Mississippi museums was approved by the state legislature in 2011. In this episode, Lucy Allen recalls the planning process for the Civil Rights Museum and the message contained in its design. When Mississippi announced plans to build a civil rights museum, some doubted it would tell the whole story. Allen explains how the state’s willingness to ‘go there,’ resulted in a powerful learning experience.

17 MINSEP 24
Comments
Lucy Allen - Two Mississippi Museums, Part 2

MSM 628 Lucy Allen - The Two Mississippi Museums, Part 1

Lucy Allen moved from North Carolina to Mississippi and spent the next seven years teaching school. In this episode, she explains how her interest in photography led to a career with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. In 1961, the first State Historical Museum for Mississippi opened in the Old Capitol building. Allen discusses conditions that highlighted the need for a new museum and archives and how MDAH began planning for a new state museum in 1998. She recalls how Hurricane Katrina devastated the old museum in 2005 and altered all their plans. PODCAST EXTRA: As MDAH developed plans for a new state history museum, the State Legislature’s Black Caucus continued their years-long push for a separate civil rights museum to be located on the campus of Tougaloo College. Allen recounts how Governor Haley Barbour, former Governor William Winter, and Judge Reuben Anderson worked with others to combine the two museums together into one state-funded project. Don’t miss next week’s episode as Allen discusses the challenges they faced in making the Two Mississippi Museums a reality! PHOTO: Two Mississippi Museums architectural drawing

17 MINSEP 17
Comments
MSM 628 Lucy Allen - The Two Mississippi Museums, Part 1

Jimmie W. Person - Growing Up in Port Gibson

Jimmie Person grew up in Port Gibson, Mississippi during the 1930s. In this episode, he recalls summers on his father’s plantation and the warm, nurturing environment small-town life provided the children. When Person reached high school, he attended Chamberlain-Hunt Military Academy in Port Gibson. He reflects on life at the all-male school and how they hosted off-campus dances in an old ballroom. PHOTO: MS Dept. of Archives and History

11 MINSEP 2
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Jimmie W. Person - Growing Up in Port Gibson
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