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Get to know Mississippi

Get to know Mississippi

These are books that are either by Black Mississippians or about Mississippi. This playlist ranges from child to adult. So sit back with a nice glass of sweet tea, and get to know Mississippi! “Mississippi just has a certain stank to it,” he said in a recent phone interview, describing the state’s primal force on his writing. “It’s the most culturally rich place in the world. I just need to be closer to cultural artistic richness, and to me, that’s Mississippi.” - Kiese Laymon

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Coming of Age in Mississippi

By Anne Moody
Narrated by: Lisa Reneé Pitts
Length: 15 hours 30 minutes

Born to a poor couple who were tenant farmers on a plantation in Mississippi, Anne Moody lived through some of the most dangerous days of the pre-civil rights era in the South. The week before she began high school came the news of Emmet Till's lynching. Before then, she had "known the fear of hunger, hell, and the Devil. But now there was…the... Read more »

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Memorial Drive

A Daughter's Memoir

By Natasha Trethewey
Narrated by: Natasha Trethewey
Length: 5 hours 9 minutes

Memorial Drive

“This is one of those "I'm changed forever" books and having the author, poet Natasha Trethewey read it makes it reverberate in the soul even more. The writing of this memoir is exquisite and the construction of the prose is perfect. The heartbreak and honesty of the author will stay with me. I can't wait to hear back from those I've recommended it to, they're in for a special experience.”

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Jubilee, 50th Anniversary Edition

By Margaret Walker
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 15 hours 43 minutes

The fiftieth-anniversary edition of Margaret Walker's bestselling classic with a foreword by Nikki GiovanniJubilee tells the true story of Vyry, the child of a white plantation owner and his black mistress. Vyry bears witness to the South's antebellum opulence and to its brutality, its wartime ruin, and the promises of Reconstruction.Weaving her... Read more »

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