Read, Engage, and Discover: Maggie Wade

On Friday, June 28, WLBT News anchor and children’s advocate Maggie Wade will participate in the Read, Engage, and Discover (R.E.A.D.) program at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. The program will begin at 11 a.m. and is open to children of ages. There is no charge to attend.

Wade will read She Stood for Freedom: The Untold Story of Civil Rights Here, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland by Loki Mulholland. Joan Trumpauer Mulholland was arrested during the Freedom Rides of 1961, and while studying at Tougaloo College, she worked with Medgar Evers, Anne Moody, and other civil rights activists in Jackson.

 “R.E.A.D. involves local celebrities reading books to children and helping them better understand the movement and how these events are relevant today,” said Junior, diretcor of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. 

Maggie Wade, a native of Crystal Springs, attended Jackson State University and became a WLBT reporter during her senior year. She has worked in various roles as reporter and producer at the station through the years. Her Wednesday’s Child segment, which features children in need of adoption, has placed nearly 7,000 children with families. Wade has received numerous awards for her child advocacy.

The program will be held in the Trustmark Community Room at the Two Mississippi Museums. Television anchor Katina Rankin will be the featured guest at the next R.E.A.D. program, which will be held on July 26. For more information call 601-576-6800 or email

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.