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Hosted by Alternate ROOTS
The 2017-18 ILI fellows’ first intensive was held March 23-28, 2017 in Jackson, Mississippi, hosted by Carlton Turner, his family and the Alternate ROOTS staff. We were welcomed by Carlton as well as local luminaries on the first evening at the Smith Robertson Museum for African-American Culture.  Over the next two days, we met at the Arts Center of Mississippi and had a community cultural exchange at the Chokwe Lumumba Center.  On the fourth day, we took a field trip into the Mississippi Delta to the B.B. King Museum in Indianola and our last full day was at the Jackson Medical Mall Foundation with a closing session at Woodworth Chapel on the campus of Tougaloo College, an important site in civil rights history.

Local luminaries and presenters during ILI Mississippi included Judge Jaribu Hill of the Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights; Pamela D.C. Junior, Director of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum; Jesse Robinson of the BB King Blues Band; Hollis Watkins, civil rights legend and Primus Wheeler of the Jackson Medical Mall Foundation.  ILI Mississippi faculty included Dr. Maribel Alvarez, Sherry Salway Black, Claudio Dicochea, C. Liegh McInnis, Tufara Waller Muhammad, Clinnesha Dillon Sibley and Makani Themba.  Stephanie McKee and Tufara Waller Muhammad led the facilitation with support from Carrie Brunk and Vickie Oldman-John.