At noon on Wednesday, August 22, as part of the department’s History Is Lunch series, Brenda L. Travis will discuss her book Mississippi’s Exiled Daughter: How My Civil Rights Baptism under Fire Shaped My Life.
In 1961, 16-year-old Brenda Travis was a youth leader of the NAACP branch in her hometown of McComb. She joined in the early stages of voter registration, and when the Freedom Rides and direct action reached McComb, she and two SNCC workers sat-in at the local bus station. That led to her first arrest and jailing, which resulted in her being expelled and leading a protest walkout from her high school. Jailed a second time, Travis was eventually released on the condition that she leave the state.
Brenda Travis is now retired in Apple Valley, California. She has created a foundation in McComb to teach civil rights history and she spends part of every year in her hometown, where she has been honored with a street named after her. She speaks widely to schools and groups about her experiences as a civil rights activist.
The program will take place in the Craig H. Neilsen Auditorium at the Two Mississippi Museums—the Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum—located at 222 North Street, Jackson, MS 39201. There is no charge to attend. Copies of the book will be for sale in the Mississippi Museum Store. For more information call 601-576-6998 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.