Until 1965, blacks did not have the right to vote in Mississippi.  There were many who gave their lives for them to have that right.  They were such people as James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman, who were killed by Klu Klux Klan for registering blacks to vote.  Others like Martin Luther King and Medgar Evers also made the sacrifice so that blacks would have the privilege to cast their vote and make a difference in decisions that affected their lives.  Not only is it is a privilege to vote,  but a duty, won with the blood, sweat and even lives of those who fought so hard for it.  Remember every time, rain or shine, it is your duty to vote because someone gave their life for it.  Learn More
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Mississippi is steeped in African-American history.  Unfortunately, a lot of that history is considered some of the darkest times in American history.  Over the years, we have spent a lot of time trying to create a better image for our state.  In some ways we have made progress.  Our state has produced some of the most talented actor, athletes, and musicians that the world has ever known including such names as Morgan Freeman and B. B. King.
Not all of Mississippi’s African-American history is dark.  Mississippi is known as the birthplace of the blues.  That history can be explored by visiting places like the B. B. King Museum in Indianola, the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, and the Greenwood Blues Heritage Museum.  Our state gave birth to such legends as Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters.   You can even visit “The  Crossroads” where blues great Robert Johnson was said to have sold his soul to the devil to be able to play the blues.  If “the blues” is your kind of music, then Mississippi is certainly the place to be. 
During the Civil Rights Movement and even during slavery, the church served as a safe haven for African-Americans.  It was also used as a school in which to educate blacks during this time. It was in church that they learned the meaning of non-violent protests and wrote lyrics to the old negro spirituals that are still sang in churches today. During the heat of the Civil Rights Movement, a lot of churches were burned to strike fear in the hearts of civil rights activists and black people in general. The church has stood the tests of time and is still encouraging people to love thy neighbor as thy self and to promote unity and peace with all men. 
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Medgar Evers’ Home – Jackson
Site of the assassination of civil rights leader Medgar Evers. 

Tougaloo College – Jackson
Meeting place for many civil rights meetings during the 1950s and 1960s

Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center – Jackson
Erected as the Smith Robertson school in 1894, now a museum housing many artifacts of African-American history.

Forks of the Road – Natchez
Site of the slave market of the 17th century.

Chaney, Schwerner, and Goodman Memorial – Philadelphia
Memorial established to remember the sacrifice of civil rights workers, James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman, who were killed by the Klu Klux Klan for helping to get blacks registered to vote.

Natchez Museum of African Art and Heritage – Natchez
Museum of African-American artifacts

Desoto County Museum - Hernando
Museum of  African-American artifacts including some from the Freedom March of James Meredith and Martin Luther King in 1966.

African American Military Museum (American Heros) – Hattisburg
Visit to see exhibits of many African American soldier that fought and sacrifice their lives for our great nation. Learn More

African-American Monument (National Military Park)- Vicksburg
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We have come a long way from segregated schools and restrooms, but we still have work to do.  No longer do we sit at the back of the bus or come through back doors, but we now live next, work with, and even worship with our white brothers and sisters.  Even though a lot of things have changed since the 50s and 60s, we have not truly changed until we have love for everyone in our hearts, the place that people cannot see it.  Let us to continue to make Dr. King’s dream a reality.
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The history of African-Americans in Mississippi can be traced through artifacts and pictures preserved in numerous museums around the state.  There are a number of tours given to historical sites where infamous events to place during the civil rights movement.  Tours to such places as the home of Medgar  Evers, where he was assassinated in 1963 and Philadelphia, MS, where civil rights workers James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman were killed by the Klu Klux Klan.
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Not all of Mississippi’s African-American history is dark.  Mississippi is known as the birthplace of the blues.  That history can be explored by visiting places like the