Panelists To Reflect on Civil Rights Museum

On Thursday, November 21, at 6 p.m. individuals featured in the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum’s eighth gallery will reflect on the two years since the museum opened alongside the Museum of Mississippi History. The program, the final edition of the museum's 2019 Under the Light series, will take place in This Little Light of Mine gallery and there is no charge to attend.

Panelists include Murrah High School senior Maisie Brown, singer and song-writer Pam Confer, community activist Vernon Hartley, and MDAH Programs and Communication director William “Brother” Rogers. Two Mississippi Museums director Pamela D.C. Junior will moderate the discussion.

The museum’s eighth gallery is named after Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1967 book Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?—the last book King wrote before he was assassinated. The gallery invites visitors to share their thoughts about their visit to the museum.

Under the Light references the large light sculpture in the museum’s central gallery, which honors veterans of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi. Activists are celebrated with words and images, and the music of the Movement emanates from the structure. The Under the Light series takes visitors on a deep dive into each of its eight galleries.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 601-576-6800 or email The museums are located at 222 North Street, Jackson, MS 39201.

The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, which opened alongside the Museum of Mississippi History in December 2017 in celebration of the state's bicentennial, explores the period from 1945 to 1976, when Mississippi was ground zero for the Civil Rights Movement nationally. The museums are open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.