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FedEx supports free admission to Mississippi museums to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

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From the Mississippi Department of Archives and History:

FedEx Corp. is supporting free admission to the Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 20. The museums will also be open free of charge Saturday, Jan. 18, and Sunday, Jan. 19.

“We are grateful to FedEx Corp. for enabling hundreds to visit these museums and reflect on Dr. King’s contribution to Mississippi and the nation,” said Katie Blount, director of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, in a statement.

“At FedEx, we believe that when we connect people and possibilities, we can change the world,” added Shannon Brown, senior vice president, Eastern Division U.S. Operations and Chief Diversity Officer, FedEx Express. “We are proud to support free public admission to the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and Museum of Mississippi History and help thousands of visitors connect with Dr. King’s legacy, appreciate diverse ideas and leave inspired to drive positive changes of their own.”

The museums will open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

At 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, the Two Mississippi Museums will host MLK Night of Culture: “I Question America,” an evening of free performances in honor of women who led the struggle for civil rights in the state. Artist Amanda Furdge will serve as master of ceremony. Local poets and artists will perform during the event and DJ JKeyes will provide music.

Dr. King’s involvement in Mississippi includes attending the funeral of NAACP state field secretary Medgar Evers in 1963, visiting Greenwood in support of Mississippi Freedom Summer in 1964 and testifying in support of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party during the 1964 Democratic National Convention.

When James Meredith was shot during his March Against Fear in 1966, King and his wife, Coretta, went to Mississippi to continue the march. In 1968, Dr. King teamed with Fannie Lou Hamer and the MFDP to launch the Poor People’s Campaign, which began in Marks, Miss., and ended in Washington, D.C.

The Museum of Mississippi History explores the entire sweep of the state’s history. The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, the first state-operated civil rights museum in the country, explores the period from 1945 to 1976, when Mississippi was ground zero for the Civil Rights Movement nationally.

Regular museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

The museums are located in Jackson at 222 North St. For more information, call 601-576-6800 or visit the museum websites.

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‘Celebrating the Muse Legacy’ to honor retiring Hinds CC President Dr. Clyde Muse

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Dr. Clyde Muse

The legacy of retiring Hinds Community College President Dr. Clyde Muse will be celebrated at a fundraising event Feb. 20 with proceeds going toward the Muse Legacy Endowment.

The “Celebrating the Muse Legacy” event is at the Clyde Muse Center on the Rankin Campus in Pearl starting at 11:30 a.m. Individual tickets are $100 each with a series of sponsorship levels and benefits available for groups.

“The Muse Legacy Endowment has been established by friends of Dr. Muse to honor him and support those endeavors near to his heart – No. 1 being students, No. 2 being faculty and staff and No. 3 being the communities that we serve,” said Jackie Granberry, executive director of the Hinds Community College Foundation in a statement. “He is known as someone with a big heart for all people and lives out his value of ‘servant leader.’”

Dr. Muse announced to the Board of Trustees at its Dec. 4, 2019, meeting his intention to retire on June 30, 2020, after 42 years as chief of the college and 68 years as an educator.

Muse became president of then-Hinds Junior College on July 1, 1978. He is the longest-serving community college president in Mississippi history and among the longest-serving college presidents in the nation. He is often called the “Godfather” of Mississippi community colleges for his committed vision in moving all the colleges forward, not just Hinds Community College, and his ability to assemble diverse groups of stakeholders to bring a project to fruition for the benefit of all. He has been the architect of many partnerships with business and industry, especially for workforce projects.

Most of all, he is known for his love for and dedication to the students the college serves and its employees. Early in his presidency, he coined the term “The College for All People” while working to ensure all Mississippians have the opportunity for a quality, affordable and accessible higher education.

A native of Benton County and a preacher’s son, Muse is a graduate of East Central Community College, Delta State University and Mississippi State University. He was a teacher and coach in Canton and Starkville before becoming a principal in Starkville and then school superintendent in Hinds County from 1969 to 1971 and Meridian from 1971 to 1978. He served a total of 26 years in K-12 public education in Mississippi, including leading Hinds County schools through desegregation in 1970.

His accomplishments at the college since then are vast. Over the last 42 years, Dr. Muse has improved infrastructure at all six Hinds locations, guiding two branches that began as vocational-technical centers into comprehensive campuses, the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center and the Vicksburg-Warren Campus, which recently opened the George-Oakes Building. Nursing and allied health programs moved from the Raymond Campus to Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center in 1982.

The Rankin Campus on Highway 80 in Pearl began in 1983 with vocational-technical programs for the county’s nine public high schools. The size of the campus more than doubled in 2007 with the addition of 60 acres of land on the south end of the campus bordering Interstate 20. The Garner family donated 20 acres and the Rankin County Board of Supervisors bought another 40 acres of behalf of the college. The Clyde Muse Center, where the event is being held, is located on the additional property. Opened in 2011, its construction was funded by the taxpayers of Rankin County through the Rankin County Board of Supervisors.

Dr. Muse also oversaw the expansion of the Raymond Campus across Highway 18 to Seven Springs Road where agricultural programs are housed at the Ted Kendall III Agricultural Complex. As the demand increased for business and industry training, Eagle Ridge Conference Center opened in 1996.

For more information, call 601-857-3630 or email jgranberry@hindscc.edu. Anyone wishing to donate can also do so online at foundation.hindscc.edu/Muselegacy.

The college is also compiling a memory book to present to Dr. Muse upon his retirement. Anyone wishing to send a personal message or share a remembrance can mail a letter to Hinds Community College Foundation, c/o Muse Memories, P.O. Box 1100, Raymond, Miss. 39154 or email to jgranberry@hindscc.edu. The deadline for submission is April 30.

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2020 Top Gun Cornhole Tournament at the Vicksburg Convention Center

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Although cornhole might seem simple, it is a bit more difficult than one would think.

Cornhole is played with miniature bean bags and a board filled with holes, or targets. The objective of the game is to toss as many bean bags into the targets as possible.

The City of Vicksburg is joining the cornhole fun by hosting the 2020 Top Gun Cornhole Tournament at the Vicksburg Convention Center (1600 Dr. Briggs Hopson Blvd.) on Friday, Jan. 24 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and on Saturday, Jan. 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event will feature food, drinks and a ton of fun.

Registration ends Friday, Jan. 17. The fee to play is $50 per two-person team, and participants must be 18 or older to play. Cash prizes will be determined by the number of teams registered.

For more information, download a registration form and call Joe Graves with the  City of Vicksburg Parks and Recreation Office at 601-831-8050.

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Vicksburg Young Professionals host Trivia Night

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If trivia is your thing, then the Vicksburg Young Professionals have a treat for you when they host Trivia Night at the Cottonwood Public House (1311 Washington St.)  on Tuesday, Jan. 21 starting at 6:30 p.m.

There will be questions on just about every topic and no registration is required. 

Attendees will be separated into teams to compete and win the title of Trivia Night champions. 

If interested in being a part of this trivia night, contact the Vicksburg Young Professionals at 601-636-1012 today. The Vicksburg Young Professionals just encourage you to come out and join in on the fun.

The VYP is a program of the Vicksburg-Warren Chamber of Commerce. Find out more on the Vicksburg-Warren Partnership website.

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