Civil Rights pioneer Julian Bond died on Saturday at the age of seventy-five. Bond was a key figure in the crucial early days of the Civil Rights movement. He was a founding member of the Student Nonviolent Co-ordinating Committee -- or SNICK -- and he was a past president of the National NAACP, as well as a former congressman. Bond's influence was felt by pretty much everyone actively engaged in social justice issues. MPB's Sid Scott spoke with Derrick Johnson -- president of the Mississippi NAACP -- about Bond.
Julian Bond stopped by MPB last year to talk about his work in the Civil Rights movement -- and about the state of social justice today. He said the crossing of the bridge in Selma, Alabama, was a decisive turning point in the Civil Rights movement -- and that it led directly to the passage of the Voting Rights Act fifty years ago.
Mississippi small business owners could face hefty fines for helping employees with health insurance costs. As MPB's Desare Frazier reports some hope Congress will step in.
Charter schools are changing American education. Some say for the better, some for the worse. This week the Southern Education Desk looks at the charter school movement throughout the south. We start in New Orleans -- the testing ground for the movement. Nearly all the city's public schools have been converted into charters: publicly funded but privately run. Now other districts are looking to New Orleans as a model for school reform. WWNO's Mallory Falk reports on a major lesson that's emerged.