The Mississippi Red Cross and state NAACP are teaming up to improve disaster preparedness and response in poor and minority communities state wide. The two have signed a memorandum of understanding to work more closely together before and after disasters. State NAACP President Derrick Johnson talked about the partnership with MPB's Jeffrey Hess.
Nekita Beverly is a Mississippian whose home was damaged by tornadoes last spring. She tells Jeffrey Hess the storm made her more aware of the importance of preparedness.
Mississippi’s tourism industry is hoping to get a big boost from the state. Malcolm White, head of the Mississippi Development Authority’s tourism division, says, the division will ask for an additional $5.1-million dollars in funding in the next budget year. That’s up from around $3-million currently. What talked about the large increase with MPB's Evelina Burnett.
Darrell White is heritage tourism director for the city of Natchez. He's also the head of the Natchez Museum of African-American History and Culture. White says if Mississippi wants to be a serious competitor for tourism dollars, it needs to present a more valid rendition of its own history.
This year Mississippi's 3rd graders must read at grade level before moving on to the next grade. In addition, the state's reading assessment will change from the MCT-2 assessment to the Park assessment. Joining us with more on the program is K-3 Literacy Coordinator, Kimona Burk. She says young readers in Mississippi have a long way to go.
Tupelo is among the growing number of cities across the country that have an annual city-wide literacy effort. They call it Tupelo Reads, and it's going on this week. This year they're honoring the 20th anniversary of the iconic movie, Forrest Gump, by reading the book of the same name. Mississippian Michael Connor Humphries played the younger version of Forrest Gump 20 years ago, as he tells our Ezra Wall.
For more information on Tupelo Reads, check out their Facebook page.
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