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At noon on Wednesday, April 23, as part of the History Is Lunch Series, Ellen Ann Fentress will present Reporting on the Reporter: The Bill Minor Project and discuss a documentary film she is producing about the legendary Mississippi newsman.

Minor, in his seventh decade as a working journalist at age 91, still writes a weekly syndicated column. The longtime Mississippi correspondent for the Times Picayune has written a first draft of the state’s—and the nation’s—history in his accounts of Emmett Till, Medgar Evers, and James Meredith, and other milestone events. In 1997 Minor received the inaugural John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism in recognition of his courageous reporting and for inspiring generations of reporters.

Ellen Ann Fentress‘s writing appears in The New York Times, Oxford American, and other publications. Her first journalism job was at the Capitol Reporter, a publication produced by Minor in the 1970s and 1980s. She is one of the co-founders of Rowan Writes, a seventh-grade girls’ writing club at Rowan Middle School, and also teaches creative nonfiction through the Millsaps College Community Enrichment series and in other community workshops. She has an MFA from Bennington College.

Preview of Reporting the Reporter documentary

Unless otherwise noted, History Is Lunch programs are held on the first floor of the William F. Winter Archives and History Building.



April 30: MDAH historians Amanda Lyons and Will Morgan present the third installment in their series on the Dutch Fliers. This program will be held in the Old Capitol Museum.
May 7: MDAH historian Jeff Giambrone will present "To Die by the Flag Rather than Disgrace It: Black Mississippians Who Served in the Union Army During the Civil War." This program will be held in the Old Capitol Museum.
May 14: Sade Turnipseed, Delta Renaissance, will present “The Legacy of the Cotton Pickers of the South.”
May 21: MDAH volunteer staff coordinator Elizabeth Coleman will report on the varied roles of volunteers at MDAH sites.
May 28: Historian Aram Goudsouzian will talk about his new book Down to the Crossroads: Civil Rights, Black Power, and the Meredith March Against Fear.


For more information about any of these programs, contact the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.


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