Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Spreading the Word about the Delta's Heritage

CLEVELAND, Miss. -- The Delta Center for Culture and Learning at Delta State University recently provided a heritage tour for Teach For America recruits and Robertson Scholars.  The tour stopped at Dockery Farms, Fannie Lou Hamer’s grave, historic Mound Bayou, and Po’ Monkey’s Lounge, among other places.  Participants included Teach For America staff members and new teachers, as well as ten Robertson Scholars from Duke and the University of North Carolina.  It was led by Luther Brown and Lee Aylward of the Delta Center.  The Delta Center is currently the manager of the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area. 


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Delta Center welcomes Robertson Scholars

CLEVELAND, Miss. -- The Delta State University Delta Center for Culture and Learning recently welcomed another class of Robertson Scholars to the Delta.  Each scholar will stay in the Delta four to six weeks working at the St. Gabriel Mercy Center in Mound Bayou, the Sunflower Freedom Project in Sunflower County, or in the Delta Center.  Robertson Scholarships are prestigious awards that allow recipients to take classes at both Duke University and the University of North Carolina.  They also allow recipients to travel anywhere during their summers, and many spend time in several countries before graduation.  PHOTO: Robertson Scholars pictured at the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale.  (L to R) Ademide Adelekun (Dolly Adelekun), UNC; Oren Bukspan, Duke; Minhazul Islam, Duke; Julian Borrey, Duke; Gihani Dissanayake, UNC; Minali Nigam, Duke.