Delta Hands for Hope

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50th Anniversary of Hawkins v. Town of Shaw

October 3 - 5, 2019

Commemoration events

  •  The theatrical play will be a live stage enactment of the Hawkins lawsuit and activities and individuals involved in the civil rights movement in Shaw.  

  • A commemoration exhibit will be on display during the commemoration.  This exhibit will include the oral histories of civil rights veterans, pictures, documents, and more.  Afterwards, the entire commemoration collection will be housed at Delta State University Archives and Museums and made available online to the public.  As a result of this project, we have established the Shaw Historical Society, which will be permanent. This society has the task of continually to collect and document the history of Shaw.  As many of the veterans enter their seventies and eighties, it is vital that we document their personal stories before it’s too late.

  • A reunion of Mississippi civil rights veterans invites everyone to the Delta region (Shaw, MS).  Family, friends, citizens of Shaw (past and current) and the public is also invited.  

  • Renaming of U.S. Highway 61 within the city limits of Shaw to “Andrew and Mary Lou Hawkins Memorial Highway.”  We are working with Mississippi Senator Willie Simmons and State Representative Tracey Rosebud.  Your financial support for this project will also be used to purchase and erect a Civil Rights Marker/Freedom Trail Marker in Shaw.  The marker will tell the civil rights story of Mr. and Mrs. Hawkins and the lawsuit’s contribution to the American Civil Rights Movement.  

  • A national discussion focusing on but not limited to Hawkins v. Town of Shaw (past and current impact), poverty in America, race relations, etc.  This discussion is ground work for change on issues in our communities and across the country. Participants will include elected officials (federal, state, local), law school students, nonprofit organizations, advocacy groups, civil rights organizations, and the public is invited to join us.

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