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“The Most Southern Place on Earth”: Teacher Workshops in the Mississippi Delta
K-12 teachers visit the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola, Mississippi. Image courtesy of the Delta Center for Culture and Learning at Delta State University.

K-12 teachers visit the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola, Mississippi. Image courtesy of the Delta Center for Culture and Learning at Delta State University.

With NEH support, the Delta Center for Culture and Learning at Delta State University has provided engaging professional development workshops to more than 500 K-12 educators from across the United States. These six-day workshops focus on the history and culture of the Mississippi Delta, described by historian James Cobb as “the most Southern place on earth.” Teachers examine the Delta's past experientially and intellectually, focusing especially on the region’s place in the Civil Rights Movement and the development of blues music. They listen to local musicians, walk the landscape, and eat regional cuisine at local restaurants; they attend scholarly lectures and panels led by civil rights activists and FBI agents. When they return to their classrooms around the country, the teachers bring not only a new appreciation for the Mississippi Delta’s role in our national history and culture, but also new methods—focused on food, music, and landscapes—by which to teach regional history to their students.

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