A Mississippi Delta school district is appealing a federal court order to desegregate. Cleveland School Board members voted along racial lines to take the case to the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Under an order by U.S. District Judge Debra Brown, Cleveland Public Schools are required to consolidate two high schools -- East Side High -- where all but one student is black -- with Cleveland High -- where 48 percent of the students are white and 45 percent are black. The order was part of a 51-year old court battle that sought to further desegregate the district. George Evans is the school board president, and one of three white members to vote for the appeal. He tells MPB's Paul Boger if the schools integrate further, white students will leave the district.
America is in the middle of an important self examination. At a memorial service on Tuesday for five slain Dallas police officers, President Barack Obama called for an open and honest dialogue on race. Here in Mississippi, the conversation is ongoing. To find out more about it, we spoke with one of the men at the forefront of the issue. Neddie Winters is the president of Mission Mississippi -- an ethnically diverse Christian group devoted to racial healing. Winters tells us dialogue starts with praying together.
It's the diagnosis every woman dreads -- breast cancer. While survival rates have improved in recent years, the path back to a healthy life after breast cancer is a difficult one. Tonight at seven on MPB TV a documentary special takes a look at surviving the disease. Focusing on two women with different paths -- Southern Remedy: A Plan To Survive -- explores the treatments -- and the emotional toll of breast cancer. We spoke with Doctor Rick Deshazo about the special. He tells us there is confusion in the number of different guidelines for screening and treating breast cancer.
Jane Chisolm is a solitary woman. A genital birth defect has left her unable to bear children and -- in early twentieth century Mississippi -- to have romantic relationships. But in Brad Watson's new novel -- Miss Jane -- she decides to live a full life anyway -- on her terms. We spoke with Watson about the novel. He says Miss Jane was inspired by a great aunt of his.