In the midst of racial conflict involving law enforcement in the state and nationwide, a group of Mississippians is coming together for a dialogue and opening of hearts and minds. Gov. Phil Bryant is in that group, and he joined Mission Mississippi yesterday in declaring October "Racial Reconciliation Celebration Month." Mission Mississippi is a Christian group promoting racial healing in the state. Gov. Bryant tells MPB's Desare Frazier some of our symbols of racial difference -- such as the state flag -- might help start important conversations.
Voter I.D. laws remain controversial in Mississippi and other states. Some say it puts up barriers to voter participation. Others say it brings integrity to the process. A new study from The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law says transgender voters in eight states -- including Mississippi -- may face barriers to voting this November because of voter I.D. laws. We spoke with Jody Herman -- author of the study. She says confusion between voter I.D. laws and transgender Mississippians is inevitable.
Saturday is the last day to register to vote in the November 8 election. In addition to the presidential race, Mississippians will be voting on candidates for the House of Representatives and the state Supreme Court. Local ballot measures also will appear. We spoke with Charles Phillips, chairman of the Elections Commission in Forrest County. He says if Mississippians can't register in person by Saturday, they can do it online.
William Faulkner purchased his home of Rowan Oak when he was 33 years old and lived there until his death in 1962. Today, the home and its grounds are curated by the University of Mississippi as a museum in tribute to the Nobel-prize-winning author. Photographer Ed Croom has a new book -- The Land of Rowan Oak -- that focuses on the natural beauty of the home and its land. In today's Book Club, he tells us the estate includes the house and more than 30 acres of land.