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Get on the Bus! Register for the EPFP Civil Rights Bus Tour!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Stefani Wilcox
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EPFP Civil Rights Bus Tour

The Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) and Mississippi State’s John C. Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development, home of MS EPFP,  will commemorate the activities of 1964’s Freedom Summer with a Civil Rights Bus Tour Nov. 18-20.

The tour is a three-day event designed to immerse riders in Civil Rights Era-experiences by visiting important communities and landmarks. It coincides with the Freedom Summer activities of 1964 and the 50th anniversary of EPFP.

"We want to give this generation of leaders and educators the opportunity to meet and interact with individuals who led and made history through their actions during the civil rights era,” said Tyson Elbert, EPFP director.

Museums, memorials and other attractions are included at each of the five stops, which are Philadelphia and Meridian and Selma, Montgomery and Birmingham, Ala. Community members who participated in Civil Rights events in these locations will meet with tour participants and share their experiences.

The tour cost is $450 with a registration deadline of Nov. 15. Limited to 52 people, the event’s content is geared toward educators and will examine the relevance of past events, the changes that have occurred and future growth. It is open to current EPFP and Appalachian Higher Education Network participants and alumni, as well as other senior-level leaders with an interest in leadership and Civil Rights Era experiences.To apply, please complete the online application.

EPFP is a nine-month professional development program that provides emerging leaders in education and related fields with the knowledge and networks to advance the core issues of education policy. Fellows concentrate on three program strands: public policy, leadership, and professional networking while remaining in their full-time positions and using their work environment as the context for examining important leadership and policy issues in Mississippi.

Although often referred to as Mississippi's think tank, the John C. Stennis Institute of Government is much more. If the legislature needs a definitive study on the effects of a change in state law, a municipal government desires a salary survey or an association of government officials requests training on the latest legal issues, the institute responds with its wide variety of resources.


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