Under the Light: A Closed Society

The subject of this edition of the series is the museum’s fourth gallery, A Closed Society, which examines catalysts of the Civil Rights Movement including the return of World War II veterans, school segregation, and the murder of Emmett Till.

Daphne Chamberlain, dean of the Division of Social Sciences at Tougaloo College, will present.

Under the Light references the large light sculpture in This Little Light of Mine 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.

Next month’s Under the Light program on August 22 will focus on A Tremor in the Iceberg gallery. Stephanie Rolph, history professor at Millsaps College, will present.

There is no charge to attend. For more information, call 601-576-6800 or email info@mscivilrightsmuseum.com. 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.