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Mississippi Moments Podcast

These are the stories of our people in their own words. From sharecroppers to governors, the veterans, artists, writers, musicians, leaders, followers, all those who call Mississippi home. Since 1971 we've collected their memories. The technology has changed, but our mission remains the same: to preserve those wonderful stories. Listen to Mississippi Moments Monday through Friday. at 12:30pm on MPB think radio.
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Sep 9, 2009
Long-time Natchez resident Henrietta "Lou" Mallory worked in the downtown area for over 45 years.  She discusses the changing face of Natchez through such topics as the introduction of fast food and gaming.  She also expresses her love of the city and hopes for the future.
Sep 3, 2009
Long-time Natchez resident Henrietta "Lou" Mallory recounts the events that brought her to Natchez in the late 1940s.  She also reflects on 45 years as the owner of Lou's Tailor Shop and the love she feels for her adopted city.
Aug 19, 2009

     F. L. Speights of Ripley, Mississippi, devoted his life to education. He recalls helping to start the first black high school in Ripley as well as his memories of school integration during the 1960s.

Aug 19, 2009
MS Moments 197: Gloria Clark: Mississippi Freedom Schools     In August of 1964, forty Freedom Schools were set up in Mississippi in support of the Freedom Summer civil rights project.  Gloria Clark, a first grade teacher from New Bedford, Massachusetts, explains her decision to come to Mississippi and participate.
Aug 19, 2009
MS Moments 196: Palmer E. Foster: First African American Scouting Executive in MS

Palmer Foster of Tupelo was introduced to Scouting as a teen in his home town of Ripley. He recalls his time as a Boy Scout and as the first African American Boy Scout executive in Mississippi.

Aug 19, 2009
     Idalia Holloway of Holly Springs began farming at an early age.  Besides growing crops like cotton and sorghum for cash, her family grew all of their food as well.  Holloway recalls how her father would mill the sorghum into juice and cook it down to make molasses. She also discusses cooking on a wood-burning stove.
Aug 19, 2009
MS Moments 194: Raylawni Branch, Part Two     In 1965, Raylawni Branch and Elaine Armstrong were the first African-American students to enroll at The University of Southern Mississippi. She reflects on her experiences as a student and on her career as an Air Force officer and as a nursing instructor.
Aug 19, 2009
MS Moments 193: Raylawni Branch, Part OneRaylawni Branch recalls her experiences as a civil rights activist and as one of the first African-Americans to attend The University of Southern Mississippi.
Aug 19, 2009
MS Moments 192: Bernard Reed Green     In the 99 year history of The University of Southern Mississippi, no one has had a greater impact on the athletic program than Bernard Reed Green.  When Green came to the school in 1930, football games were still being played in the city park. He discusses how the program evolved during his time as a player, as head football coach, and as USM’s first full-time director of athletics.  (photo of Line coach Thad "Pie" Vann and Bernard Reed Green)
Aug 10, 2009
MS Moments 189 Lost Boys of Sudan Part 2

University of Southern Mississippi graduate student, Isaac Gang, immigrated to Jackson, Mississippi, from post-war Southern Sudan in 1995, several years before the "Lost Boys" of Sudan made their journey to the U.S.  He discusses fleeing war and genocide, assisting the Lost Boys in their transition, enjoying the simple modern luxuries, and the importance of giving back. (photo of Isaac Gang at the University of Juba, July 2007)

Jul 7, 2009
MS Moments 181 Rural ElectrificationGeorge Taylor discusses the Rural Electrification Act and what it meant to the lives of thousands of Mississippians.  He also tells the story of how the various electrical co-ops banded together to form the South Mississippi Electric Power Association and the challenges they faced.
Jun 16, 2009
MS Moments 191 Charlie Ainsworth & Sawmill ConstructionHattiesburg resident Charlie Ainsworth recalls helping to construct the hundreds of sawmills that sprang up across the state during the early part of the 20th century.
May 21, 2009
MS Moments 81 Silent MoviesJoe Berryman, Buck Wells, and Hugh Clegg fondly recall hometown entertainment during the days of the silent film.
May 21, 2009
MS Moments 71 Theodore G. BilboPurser Hewitt, Sam Alford, and E. G. McDavid recall the spirited personality and oratorical skills of the controversial U.S. senator and Mississippi governor from Pearl River County.
May 21, 2009
MS Moments 43 Oseola McCartyPresidential Citizens Medal recipient Oseola McCarty remarks on her lifetime of work as a washerwoman and the legacy she created at The University of Southern Mississippi.
May 21, 2009
MS Moments 16 Mississippi State Sovereignty CommissionJoseph Wroten, Erle Johnston, and Gilbert Mason recall the creation and influence of the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission during the civil rights movement.
May 21, 2009
MS Moments 19 FoodwaysJack Pace, James "Jaybird" Smith, and Reverend F. E. Sellers reminisce about southern breakfasts, squirrel stew, and homemade syrup.
May 21, 2009
MS Moments 5 Mississippi ArtsMississippi artists Kay Allen, Jennie Lee Gorton, and Berdie Steve share how identity is discovered and revealed in the folk art forms of quilting, painting, and basket weaving.
May 21, 2009
MS Moments 4 Mississippi MusicMississippi musicians Melvin Stacks, Roger Smith, and George Cecil McLeod reflect on the centrality of music in their lives. (photo of singing school students at Greenwright School in Monroe County, 1913)
May 20, 2009
MS Moments 165 Nuts and Bolts of WarJohnny Balser of McComb remembers how he parlayed skills learned as a railroad worker into support for the Allied effort in Europe during the Second World War.
May 15, 2009
MS Moments 163 Gypsies

Belzoni native Thomas Turner reflects on the origins and colorful life of gypsies who mule traded near his home in the early 20th century. 

May 15, 2009
MS Moments 148 Longleaf PineMrs. Lamar Hennington, Charles Ainsworth, and Ben Earles reminisce about the days of the gigantic longleaf pine and how an industry altered the land and its people.
May 15, 2009
MS Moments 180 Hurricane Katrina - Obstacles and Issues

Gene Taylor, Reilly Morse, and Diane Peranich shed light on some of the obstacles and issues that surfaced after the storm was over.  (photo of Congressman Gene Taylor, on right).

May 15, 2009
MS Moments 179 Hurricane Katrina - ResponseTish Williams, Bill Stallworth, and Kurt Brautigam represent the power of determination to survive and conquer in the aftermath.
May 14, 2009
MS Moments 178 Hurricane Katrina - CopingMichael Hewes, Rachel Williams, and Reverend Lee Adams share similar feelings about the overwhelming power of the storm.
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