About Mississippi

Just over fifty years ago, volunteers from across the country helped open Freedom Schools in Mississippi. These leaders believed that Mississippi’s African American students were brilliant—but that brilliance needed to be set free.

Today, still too few believe in Mississippi. In particular, still too few notice the structural obstacles blocking the opportunities available to our state’s African American students.

The old story says that Mississippi is a state of scattered brilliance—that the William Faulkners and B.B. Kings and Fanie Lou Hamers rose above the mediocrity that typifies this place. But we know that all of Mississippi’s students, of all races and all economic backgrounds, possess the capacity for brilliance. To set loose that capacity, Mississippians need to come together, creating strong public schools that celebrate students’ culture and equip them to lead.

Teach For America brings remarkable people to help Mississippi deliver on the promise of equal opportunity for all students—with an increasing emphasis on recruiting native Mississippians with a long-term commitment to this state. Our teachers invest in their local communities and push themselves to lead rigorous and culturally responsive classroom—and find as a result that their hearts are tied to the brilliant students of Mississippi.


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Top Stories

Alumni Students & Communities
June 2, 2017
A week before our 2017 incoming corps members engage with the Indianola community at their Mississippi Induction, we go inside the intervention program at Carver Elementary School that helped turn assessment scores around.
Alumni Education & Issues
May 12, 2017
The Mississippi First team is a group of dedicated individuals who work tirelessly to promote the mission of moving our state from bottom of the list to first. They are also primarily comprised of Teach For America alumni, whose passion for moving Mississippi forward was ignited in the classrooms of the Delta. Here we profile this amazing alumni organization and ask how far Mississippi has come - and how much further do we have to go?
Inside TFA
February 14, 2017
In part one of our Black History Month series, we talk to first-year corps member Davon Tillett about how teaching has lined up with his expectations and what it's like to teach structural racism to students of color.

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