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Monday, 6/16

Air date 06/16/14
Segment 1:
 
Leaders say the growing disparities between the health of white Mississippians and their minority counterparts has become a civil rights issue. At the unveiling of a new research institute bearing her name, Myrlie Evers-Williams -- former chair of the NAACP and widow of slain civil rights advocate Medgar Evers -- spoke about the growing divide between the health of blacks and whites. She says if the state wants to become stronger it must first become healthy.
 
Segment 2:
 
Mississippi students will be tested for the first time in 2015 on the new common core standards. As MPB’s Evelina Burnett reports, some Mississippi teachers were back in the classroom themselves to get ready for the changes.
 
 
Segment 3: 
 
Members of the Mt. Zion Methodist church outside Philadelphia sing at a memorial service commemorating the 50th anniversary of the murder of three civil rights workers. In 1964, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner were murdered by white supremacists while advocating for voting rights for African-Americans.  MPB's Jeffrey Hess was in Philadelphia yesterday.  He talked with family members of all three men, beginning with Rita Schwerner-Bender, the widdow of Michael Schwerner.  She says she's troubled by efforts like Voter ID laws, which have been enacted by several states in recent years.Georgia Congressman John Lewis was in attendance at yesterday's commemoration.  Lewis was a Freedom Rider over 50 years ago before serving in the United States Congress.  He also talked with our Jeffrey Hess.   
 


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