Dr. Henry Outlaw, with the Delta Center for Culture and Learning, recently presented his research on the Emmett Till case to three ninth grade classes at Southaven Middle School in Southaven. Outlaw spoke on his research during the 50th anniversary of the Chicago youth’s death. The program was a part of the students' study of the Civil Rights Movement in their Mississippi History class. They also watched the PBS show "Eyes on the Prize."
In addition to aiding the students, Outlaw’s research also formed the basis of Delta State University’s traveling exhibit on the Emmett Till case.
The original Emmett Till exhibit was sponsored by the Mississippi Humanities Council and was developed from an oral history project Outlaw conducted that was also sponsored by the council.
With the popularity of the original exhibit, the traveling exhibit was developed by Delta State University Graphic Designer, Laura Walker and Delta State Archivist Emily Jones with editorial assistance from Outlaw. It has since travelled all over the United States and can be checked out on loan.http://www.deltastate.edu/academics/libraries/university-archives-museum/traveling-exhibit/exhibit-info/
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