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Catfish Dream: An American Story

February 6, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

On Wednesday, February 6, 2019, Julian Rankin, author of Catfish Dream: Ed Scott’s Fight for His Family Farm and Racial Justice in the Mississippi Delta, and Willena Scott-White, daughter of Ed Scott, will share the story of Mr. Scott. The event is free and open to the DSU community and the general public. A welcoming reception will be held at 5:30 PM with the program beginning at 6 PM. Mr. Rankin and Ms. Scott-White will have books available for purchasing and signing. This event is sponsored by the Quality Enhancement Plan, Delta Center for Culture and Learning, Winning the Race Conference, Diversity Committee, and Office of Student Affairs. For more information, please contact Michelle Johansen at mjohansen@deltastate.edu.

“Ed Scott was a trailblazing Mississippi farmer and the first non-white owner and operator of a catfish plant in the nation. He battled long odds and institutionalized racism to carve out of the Mississippi Delta land an agricultural empire of black self-determination, which flowed out to and benefited his surrounding community. Along the way he ducked Nazi sniper fire in a ditch with General Patton in World War II, marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge at Selma, gave farming advice to civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer, and battled for justice against the leviathan United States government.” – author Julian Rankin

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February 6, 2019
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm