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Our Statement on the Mississippi State Flag

retired Mississippi State Flag Photo by J. Stephen Conn

Today, Mississippi has an opportunity to choose a new flag that symbolizes the best of our state rather than the worst. A new flag will not rid our state of racism, poverty, or ignorance, but it will signal to the nation—and to ourselves—that we recognize the dignity of every Mississippian. It’s not enough, but it’s important. We will proudly fly the new, unifying flag as we continue to work for a more inclusive and equitable future.

2020 Summer Youth Institute is Now Accepting Applications!

The 2020 Summer Youth Institute will be a virtual program from Wednesday, July 1st through Wednesday, July 15th, 2020. 

Participants will not be in session on Saturdays or Sundays, including for the July 4th Independence Day observance.   

Click here for more information or click the button below to being the application process.

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.

Community Building

The Welcome TableTM process helps communities build the relationships necessary to heal systemic challenges, solve civic problems and to bridge long-standing divides.

Youth Engagement

The Summer Youth Institute is a nine-day experiential program for youth to discover the value of diversity and build both leadership and advocacy skills; Summer Youth Institute 2.0 is a reconvening of SYI alumni to maintain their network and strengthen the SYI curriculum.

Policy and Civic Engagement

Rethink MississippiTM is a policy and civic engagement platform for focusing leaders and their constituents on the need for a future based on equity.

Governor William Winter - William Winter Institute

“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.

Mississippi Civil Rights Project logo

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.

Recap: 2020 Day of Racial Healing

2020 Day of Racial Healing - William Winter Institute - April Grayson
Day of Racial Healing - Education in Healing Panel - William Winter Institute

On Tuesday, January 21, 2020, the William Winter Institute presented an afternoon and evening of Mississippi programming for the National Day of Racial Healing 2020. 

Visit our Facebook page below to see the Facebook Live recordings from the event.

The Winter Institute Blog

News and reports from the William Winter Institute and our program participants.

William Winter Institute Statement on the Mississippi State Flag

Symbols, when done right, instill pride and unity. They represent the shared ideals and values that bind together members of a society. When done wrong, symbols instill division and degradation. They demarcate status and belonging among members of a society. By featuring the battle flag of the Confederacy, Mississippi’s state

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Von Gordon - Community Foundation for Mississippi video - William Winter Institute

Von Gordon: ‘Creating Courageous Spaces’

We’re very proud of our very own Von Gordon, youth engagement manager for the William Winter Institute and a determined community leader in the state of Mississippi. As a former vice president of the Operation Shoestring board and a founding board member of Refill Cafe, Von is committed to reaching

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Renaissance Magazine: Let’s Support One Another

This article by Executive Director Portia Espy originally appeared in Renaissance: The Magazine, a publication produced by the Fondren Renaissance Foundation. We’re certainly at what appears to be a tipping point in America and abroad, sparked by the death of an African American man by the name of George Floyd.

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James Baldwin Quote - William Winter Institute

Our Statement on Justice for Black Lives

“Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.” – James Baldwin June 2, 2020 Dear Friends, On May 25th, we regretfully added to the ever-growing list of those lost to senseless brutality, George Floyd, a Black Minnesota man who was tragically killed by a police officer

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Connect with Us

Get in touch with us to learn more.

Address

P.O. Box 99
Jackson, MS 39205

Phone

601-557-0056

Email Address

info@winterinstitute.org