Black leaders in Mississippi are calling for new steps to direct state spending to businesses owned by women and African Americans. Of everything the state buys, only 2-percent of those goods and services come from minority owned businesses. James Covington runs the newly established where-to-go-411 web site. The site is intended to connect black businesses with state officials who decide what companies to hire, as he tells our Jeffrey Hess.
A two-point-three million dollar endowment is being directed to support educational programs operated by the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. During a private ceremony in Jackson, officials from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation -- a national philanthropic organization -- presented the state Department of Archives and others with the endowment. Lucy Allen is the Director of Museums. She says the funding will help support a training course for educators.
William Buster is with the Kellogg Foundation. He says his organization's focus is all about Mississippi's kids.
Governor Phil Bryant is getting involved in the dyslexia awareness effort, illuminating the governor’s mansion in red to bring light to the issue. Governor Bryant is dyslexic himself. He talked about some of his struggles earlier this week.
It’s not certain how many people are affected by dyslexia – some estimates pin it as high as 20 percent. What IS known is that early identification and intervention can be a big help. Maureen Martin is with the Dubard School for Language Disorders at the University of Southern Mississippi. She talks with MPB's Evelina Burnett about dyslexia, and how parents can look out for signs of the disorder.
Photo (via Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Facebook): Senator John Horhn, Kane Ditto (MDAH Board Chair), Mrs. Myrlie Evers-Williams, La June Montgomery Tabron (President & CEO, Kellogg Foundation), Gov. William Winter, Hank Holmes (Director, MDAH)