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.

132

Total Corps Size

269

Alumni in the Region

1991

Year Partnership Established

Top Stories

Education & Issues
August 17, 2017
Here we spotlight Teach For America - Mississippi's Executive Director, Barbara Logan Smith, as she reacts to the recent acts of hate and violence in Charlottesville, and offers words of encouragement about how we can move forward as educators and as a region.
Alumni
August 4, 2017
The Mississippi Principals Impact Fellowship brings school leaders together from across the state to participate in a cohort-based support network for administrators who want to grow their schools, their skills, and increase the academic outcomes for their students. Here we follow a year in the life of these eight inaugural fellows, and go behind the partnership that made it possible.
Alumni
June 30, 2017
Public service can be a powerful motivation to join Teach For America, but that phrase tends to take on myriad meanings once the two-year commitment concludes. As we go into the holiday weekend, we talk to one new alum about his “why TFA” - and how his recent career moves are taking him to new heights.
Students & Communities
March 10, 2017
Second year corps member Kelly Kirby shares how participating in a summer youth leadership program changed the way she teaches.
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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