JACKSON, Miss.—The Mississippi Humanities Council announces a new grant initiative, in partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, to support public programs exploring the legacy of race in Mississippi. This two-year project is funded by a $250,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan. Beginning April 1, the MHC will accept grant applications for projects that highlight the state’s racial and ethnic history and foster discussion about continuing racial disparities in Mississippi.

These small grants of $7,500 and below will support grassroots projects throughout the state. This WKKF funding will also support special outreach efforts to help potential partners develop and carry out public humanities programs related to racial equity and the legacy of racism in Mississippi.

“Racial disparities continue to hamper the future progress of families and children in Mississippi. Only by educating Mississippians about the legacy of race, and having an honest discussion about its lingering impacts, can we move forward together and build a better Mississippi,” said Stuart Rockoff, executive director of the Mississippi Humanities Council. “We are so grateful for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s support, which will enable us to engage and empower local organizations across Mississippi to change the narrative about race in our state, using the humanities to work toward racial understanding and healing.”

Carol Andersen, assistant director for programs at the MHC, added, “The humanities are crucial in the effort to achieve racial equity in Mississippi. The humanities teach us about where we have been and help us envision where we might go. Emphasizing critical thinking, the humanities foster creativity, appreciation of our commonalities and differences, and a connection to the larger global community while helping us understand what it means to be human.”

Details about projects funded through this new W.K. Kellogg grant initiative will be made available on a dedicated page of the MHC website, and partnering organizations will convene at the end of the grant period to share outcomes and opportunities for future collaboration.

Grant guidelines and application forms are available on the MHC website: http://www.mshumanities.org. For more information about the Racial Equity Grant Program, contact Carol Andersen at (601) 432-6752; .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

About the Mississippi Humanities Council

The MHC is a private nonprofit corporation funded by Congress through the National Endowment for the Humanities and by private donors to provide public humanities programs throughout Mississippi. The MHC sponsors, supports, and conducts a wide range of programs designed to promote understanding of our cultural heritage, interpret our own experience, foster critical thinking, encourage reasonable public discourse, strengthen our sense of community, and empower Mississippi’s citizens with a vision for the future.

About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life. The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit http://www.wkkf.org.

Posted on March 28 2016