Through the collaborating efforts of the Delta Center for Culture and Learning at Delta State University and the Cleveland School District, the Cleveland Youth Council (CYC) is sponsoring a course at DSU for high school seniors, as well as college students.
The “dual enrollment” course, “Rural and Regional Studies: Delta Civil Rights Heritage” will award three college credits. Under the instruction of Dr. Susan Glisson, Director of The William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation at Ole Miss, the civil rights course will examine the “grassroots, bottom-up organizing that characterized the movement in the Delta.
“It will focus specifically on the role of young people and women in the movement and help place that work in the larger context of the freedom struggle,” Glisson explained.
Tuition and fees will be paid for the high school students participating in the class through the Cleveland Youth Council’s support from the Kellogg Foundation. Through the efforts of CYC member Jessica Robinson (Cleveland East Side High School) and Coordinator Tomeka Harbin, seven seniors were recruited for the class with an additional four college students enrolled.
The class will be held on Wednesday afternoons from 3:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. and will serve as a model for other classes designed as dual enrollment opportunities.
The Cleveland Youth Council is funded by the Kellogg Foundation, and housed in the DSU Delta Center for Culture and Learning. Principle partners in the effort are the Cleveland School District, Bolivar Community Action Agency, and Cleveland/Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce.
For more information on the course, please contact the Delta Center for Culture and Learning at (662) 843-4311.