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At noon on Wednesday, April 26, as part of the department’s History Is Lunch series, editors Charline R. McCord and Judy H. Tucker will talk about their newest book, A Year in Mississippi, and be joined by contributors C. C. Henley, Seetha Srinivasan, and Malcolm White.

A Year in Mississippi features forty essays by various authors celebrating significant events and traditions throughout the state. Each event is observed not only to ascertain its impact, but to discover why it succeeds, how it contributes to and shapes a unique culture, and how it functions to bind people together.

Well-known contributors and essays of special interest in the collection include Willie Morris's "The Glory of the Game," Julia Reed's "Green Day," Margaret McMullan's "Christmas in the Pass," Carolyn Haines's "Camp Meeting," and David Sheffield's "The Blessing of the Fleet."

Charline R. McCord and Judy H. Tucker have published numerous books together, including Christmas Stories from Mississippi, Christmas Memories from Mississippi, Growing Up in Mississippi, and Coming Home to Mississippi.

The program will take place in the William F. Winter Archives and History Building, 200 North Street, Jackson, MS 39201. There is no charge to attend. Sales and signing to follow. For more information call 601-576-6998 or email


May 3—Hollis Watkins and C. Liegh McInnis will discuss Brother Hollis: The Sankofa of a Movement Man. WFW

May 10—Retired educator Bee Donley will present "A Life in Mississippi Classrooms." WFW

May 17—Scott Barretta and Joe York will screen their new documentary Shake ‘Em On Down: The Blues According to Fred McDowell. WFW

May 24—Charles Westmoreland will present “‘Fleeting Fickly Sports’: Segregation, Intercollegiate Athletics, and Social Change in Mississippi.” Co-sponsored by the Mississippi Humanities Council. WFW

May 31—Darrell White and Chris Windfield will screen the documentary The 30th of May, about a Memorial Day celebration in Natchez and Vidalia that dates to 1889. WFW

History Is Lunch programs take place in the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (WFW), 200 North Street, Jackson, MS 39201, or the Old Capitol Museum (OCM), 100 South State Street, Jackson, MS 39201.

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