The largely poor and rural state of Mississippi suffers from the highest rate of childhood poverty in the country, along with some of the lowest scores on standardized tests. A legacy of racism and segregation are among the roadblocks that keep the children of Mississippi from reaching their full potential. See all our Special Reports

Sinking to knees, Mrs Mamie Bradley weeps as body of slain son, Emmett Louis Till, 14 arrives at Chicago Rail Station.

Mississippi’s darkest days on display in new museums

New Civil Rights Museum goes where public schools, textbooks don’t

The Capitol building in Jackson, Mississippi. Jackson Public Schools entered into an agreement with a private foundation, the City of Jackson, and the Governor’s office to improve its schools.

Large Mississippi district handed over to public-private partnership

Takeover of Jackson Public Schools offers a ‘new model’ for the country

Civil Rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, August 1964.

OPINION: Fannie Lou Hamer survived a prison beating, taught black people their rights and stood up to a president

So why don’t more students know about this Mississippi Civil Rights heroine?

Mississippi schools use online resources, technology to expand course offerings

Schools increase foreign language, AP, music exposure

In this file photo, a student at a Mississippi elementary school reads during class.

Four tips from a high-poverty school where kindergartners excel at reading

Leader of top-rated Jackson school says success is linked to using the talents of all staff members

Trevion Williams (left) and Jashun Griffith (right), both 13, students at Crystal Springs Middle School in Crystal Springs, Mississippi, chat at the Haley Farm lake gazebo.

A ‘civil rights camp’ teaches kids a history they’re not learning in school

Mississippi teens travel to Tennessee to learn about activism and the Civil Rights Movement


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How much do you know about The Civil Rights Movement?

We asked students at K-12 schools in Mississippi that question. Here is what they said

The Civil Rights Movement hero you’ve never heard of

A graphic story of Clyde Kennard, the civil rights activist sent to jail for his effort to integrate a Mississippi university

The districts that use outdated textbooks to teach about the Civil Rights Movement

A map of Mississippi districts using old books in high school history courses