Who We Are
In the spirit of our namesake, Governor William Winter, the William Winter Institute offers programming designed to foster community communications, engage youth leaders and promote civic dialogue on the key issues facing Mississippi and the nation.
The Welcome TableTM process helps communities build the relationships necessary to heal systemic challenges, solve civic problems and to bridge long-standing divides.
“Wherever I’ve gone, irrespective of racial or cultural differences, I’ve found that people agree on several basic propositions: everybody wants a decent education for their children; everybody wants a fair chance to secure a job that will sustain them and their family; everybody wants to be able to live in a decent house on a safe street; everybody wants access to adequate health care; and everybody wants to be treated with dignity and respect.”
- Governor William Winter
The Winter Institute in Photos
Take a look at some images of past Welcome TableTM, Summer Youth Institutes and civil engagement events.
An ongoing project to chronicle the extraordinary efforts of local people who organized to combat Mississippi’s Jim Crow segregation, as well as the complex network of white resistance trying to maintain it.
The Winter Institute Blog
News and reports from the William Winter Institute and our program participants.
The November 2020 cover story in the Delta Business Journal opens: “Bill Bynum has done a lot of good in his career.” It goes on to highlight his tenure as CEO of HOPE and service to many other organizations, including roles on the board at Aspen Institute, NAACP Legal Defense
Stream our panel discussion in response to Let the People Decide, a film by Gavin Guerra Join us virtually on demand for a dialogue about voting: history, changes, and how more Mississippians can get and exercise the right to vote. Buy Tickets $10 Virtual Admission $8 for Students, Seniors 65+ Includes
Given the importance of youth engagement to the Winter Institute’s work, our Youth Engagement Manager Von Gordon is the perfect moderator to this panel for Operation Shoestring’s virtual version of their annual Conversation About Community. Watch live on Facebook! The Power of Youth Voices October 28, 12pm More than half
Executive Director Roundtable Focus on Black Male Leadership Moderated by Von Gordon William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation Featuring: Ki Harris Freedom Project Network Ira Murray United Way of the Capital Area Richmond Vincent Goodwill of South Mississippi Wednesday, October 28 10:00 – 11:30 am Register Here We are living
Education is an integral part of the Winter Institute’s mission. What better way to educate ourselves than via a good read? With that in mind, we’re launching a monthly book give away recommending books we’re reading and reflecting on. This month’s book is “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents,” by
In honor of National Voter Registration Day, we share these thoughts on civic responsibility written by Governor Winter in 2003. They feel as relevant as ever. “The most important office is that of citizen. It is the office that transmits all political authority. Only through the collective judgement of private