MDNHA at Delta Center named to National Park Service African-American Civil Rights Network – Picayune Item
CLEVELAND, Miss— National parks, historic homes, websites, songs, oral histories and more can be discovered on the National Park Service’s (AACRN) African American Civil Rights Network, which recently hosted 10 new resources.
Among these 10 new resources added to the network is the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area (MDNHA). MDNHA is managed by the Delta Center for Culture and Learning at Delta State University. The AACRN website is available at www.nps.gov/subjects/civilrights/african-american-civil-rights-network.
The AACRN connects public and private organizations to honor and preserve the people and stories of the civil rights movement and educate the public about its diverse and complex histories.
“The African American Civil Rights Network is a unique preservation program that brings together tangible and intangible resources to tell a more comprehensive account of the civil rights movement in America,” said Shawn Benge, deputy director of the NPS. “We welcome and encourage potential members to submit nominations to join this growing network of culturally important resources. “
The AACRN website highlights several of the MDNHA’s civil rights heritage assets, including the Unita Blackwell Mississippi Freedom Trail marker in Mayersville, MS, and the 1969 Sit-In Documentary and Oral History Film Project. Delta State which won the 2020 Mississippi Historical Society Award for Excellence in History. .
The AACRN website also references the MDNHA Civil Rights Heritage Archives. The Delta Center recently launched the archives in conjunction with the Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley National Park Campaign. The archives are available at www.msdeltaheritage.com/civil-rights. Information on the park’s campaign is available at www.tillnationalpark.org.
This digital resource illustrates the various ways in which the MDNHA has worked with national entities and organizations based in the Mississippi Delta to interpret, preserve and commemorate the civil rights heritage in the region. The archives were developed as an online resource for residents, visitors and researchers of the Mississippi Delta to explore during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
“This is an important national recognition that puts the Mississippi Delta region on the radar of civil rights heritage development in a major way,” said Dr. Rolando Herts, director of the Delta Center and executive director of MDNHA . “Civil rights heritage is the next wave of tourism, especially in the South. This recognition should benefit many of our Mississippi Delta communities in the long term. “
The National Park Service accepts nominations from individuals and organizations associated with the African American civil rights movement. Details on the application and review process are available on the AACRN website.
The African American Civil Rights Network Act 2017 authorizes the National Park Service to coordinate and facilitate federal and non-federal activities to commemorate, honor and interpret “… the history of the African American civil rights movement; the importance of the civil rights movement as a crucial element in the evolution of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; and the relevance of the American civil rights movement in promoting the spirit of social justice and national reconciliation.
The MDNHA includes 18 counties that contain land located in the alluvial floodplain of the Mississippi Delta: Bolivar, Carroll, Coahoma, DeSoto, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Leflore, Panola, Quitman, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tunica, Warren, Washington and Yazoo. The MDNHA was appointed by the US Congress in 2009 and is governed by a board of directors representing the agencies and organizations defined in congressional legislation. More information on MDNHA, including the full approved management plan, is available at www.msdeltaheritage.com.
The mission of the Delta Center for Culture and Learning is to promote a better understanding of the culture and history of the Mississippi Delta and its significance to the world through education, partnerships and community engagement. . The Delta Center serves as the governing body of MDNHA and is home to the International Delta Blues Project and the National Endowment for the Humanities Most Southern Place on Earth workshops for K-12 educators. For more information, visit http://deltacenterdsu.com/