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Teach For America members take heritage tour of the Delta

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The Delta State University Delta Center for Culture and Learning recently presented a heritage tour to 110 Teach for America members who are participating in the Delta training Institute being held on the Delta State campus.

 
The group participated in a day-long tour that included stops in Cleveland, Dockery, Ruleville, and Mound Bayou, along with Po’ Monkey’s Lounge.

 

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Delta State takes students from Columbus High School on heritage tour of the Delta

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Columbus High School‘s accelerated and advanced placement program recently visited the Mississippi Delta to learn about its rich cultural heritage. 
 
The Delta State University Delta Center for Culture and Learning introduced the group to the Delta State campus and escorted them to Dockery Farms, the birthplace of the Blues; the grave of Civil Rights activist Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer; and the historic African American town of Mound Bayou. 
 
Gayle Fortenberry third from right, back row, advance placement coordinator, arranged the trip.  Dr. Luther Brown and Lee Aylward of the Delta Center, kneeling, conducted the tour. 
 
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Delta State’s Delta Center hosts Robertson Scholars

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Pictured from left, along with their home town,University and the Delta institution that they are working for this summer are: Yesenia Pedro Vicente of Morganton, N.C., UNC,  St. Gabriel’s Mercy Center in Mound Bayou; Antonio Jackson of Greensboro, N.C., UNC, St. Gabriel’s Mercy Center; Ivanna Gonzales of Miami, Fla., UNC, Bolivar County Community Action Emergency Shelter; Victoria Wilmarth of Andover, Mass., Duke, Delta Center for Culture and Learning; Claire Sorrenson of Auckland, New Zeland, Duke, Greenville Renaissance Scholars; Jacob Lerner of Washington D.C., UNC, Sunflower County Freedom Project; Jeremy Knight of Atlanta, Ga., UNC, Greenville Renaissance Scholars; Jagir Patel  of Boynton Beach, Fla., UNC, Sunflower County Freedom Project; Jessica Broadus of Marietta, Ga., UNC, Delta Center for Culture and Learning; Alexis Wallace of Phoenix, Ariz., Duke, Sunflower County Freedom Project; and Tom Atwood of Woodstock, Conn., Duke, St. Gabriel’s Mercy Center.
           

 

 

Each summer for the past five years, the Delta State University Delta Center for Culture and Learning, has hosted Robertson Scholars who come from either Duke or the University of North Carolina (UNC). The scholars received full tuition and numerous academic perks.

 
They can choose among four locations for summer internships:  Atlanta, New Orleans, the Mississippi Delta, and Appalachian Kentucky. The Delta is consistently one of the favored locations, and this year, it was chosen by 11 Robertson Scholars. As part of their introduction to the region, the Delta Center takes them on various heritage tours, and they recently visited Clarksdale. 
 

 

 

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The Delta Summit held at Delta State University

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Delta State University President John Hilpert (standing, right) addresses the audience attending the Delta Summit, held in the Simmons Room of the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni House.

 

 

 

The Delta Summit: Transforming the Delta from a Field of Poverty to a Land Filled with Prosperity was held June 16, at Delta State University. The program was coordinated by Mississippi State Sen. Willie Simmons (D) of Cleveland.

 
"This is an action strategy summit that will focus on developing an action plan," said Sen. Simmons. "The Delta has had far too many studies and too few action plans. The emphasis will be on the ‘T’ family – Training, Technology, Transportation, Tourism and Telemedicine."
 
Gov. Haley Barbour, educators, health care officials, and state and local elected officials came to Delta State to devise a plan for bringing economic growth to the Delta.