The R.O.O.T.S of Sunflower County

FINDING AID

The R.O.O.T.S. (Reclaiming Our Origins Through Stories) of Sunflower County project is a component of the Sunflower County Systems Change Project (SCSCP), which addresses negative perceptions and narratives about young men and boys of color. This oral history journey was undertaken by 19 young men from Sunflower County who set out to change the negative perceptions about young black men in their community.

In partnership with the SCSCP and Story for All, a non-profit organization from Oakland, California, these young men have collected stories, wisdom, and data from their Mississippi Delta community to impact change and to inform the work of disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline. Their journey of collecting stories and sharing their voices, hope, and commitment to their community has also been curated into a traveling multimedia exhibit that tells the broader story of the policies and practices that disproportionately affect Young Men and Boys of Color (YMBOC) in the Delta and across the country.

Learn more about the ROOTS journey by watching the short documentary and listening to the interviews conducted by the youth.


INTERVIEWS

Adrian Brown, Business Owner
Date of interview: June 23, 2016
Location of Interview: Indianola, MS
Name of Interviewer: Fredrick Ellis
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Annastasia Williams, Former Student
Date of Interview: December 1, 2016
Location of Interview: Moorhead, MS
Name of Interviewer: Kyle Pernell
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Antonio Cross, Jr., Student
Date of Interview: December 1, 2016
Location of Interview: Sunflower, MS (Sunflower Freedom Project)
Name of Interviewer: Jadan Farrow
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Armani Bell, Student
Date of Interview: May 24, 2016
Location of Interview: Unknown
Name of Interviewer: Unknown
No Transcript

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Ashley Gordan, Student
Date of Interview: November 30, 2016
Location of Interview: Unknown
Name of Interviewer: Unknown
No Transcript

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Ashley Gordan, Student
Date of Interview: December 27, 2016
Location of Interview: Sunflower, MS
Name of Interviewer: Nicholas Warren
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Ashlie Brown, Student
Date of Interview: December 9, 2016
Location of Interview: Indianola, MS
Name of Interviewer: Unknown
No Transcript


Betty Petty, Advocate
Date of Interview: June 24, 2016
Location of Interview: Indianola, MS
Name of Interviewer: Kyle Pernell
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Beyonce Russell, Student
Date of Interview: December 1, 2016
Location of Interview: Sunflower, MS
Name of Interviewer: My'Angelo Johnson
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Brooks Ann Gaston, Advocate
Date of Interview: June 23, 2016
Location of Interview: Indianola, MS
Name of Interviewer: Calvin Griffin
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Carolyn Hamilton, Elected Official
Date of Interview: November 17, 2016
Location of Interview: Indianola, MS
Name of Interviewer: Travion Dozier
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Carolyn Willis, Community Member
Date of Interview:June 22, 2016
Location of Interview: Indianola, MS
Name of Interviewer: Jawaski Gardner
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Cedric Perryman, Community Member
Date of Interview:June 24, 2016
Location of Interview: Indianola, MS
Name of Interviewer: Theon James
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Charles Modley, NAACP
Date of Interview:June 22, 2016
Location of Interview: Indianola, MS
Name of Interviewer: Nicholas Warren
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Charles Modley, NAACP
Date of Interview:June 24, 2016
Location of Interview: Indianola, MS
Name of Interviewer: Theon James
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Charles Modley, NAACP
Date of Interview: June 24, 2016
Location of Interview: Unknown
Name of Interviewer: Unknown
No Transcript

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Clifford Wilson, Youth Court
Date of Interview: June 21, 2016
Location of Interview: Indianola, MS
Name of Interviewer: Unknown
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Cornivon Bracey, Student Participant
Date of Interview: June 24, 2016
Location of Interview: Indianola, MS
Name of Interviewer: Nigel Bell
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Damien Brown, Student
Date of Interview: November 17, 2016
Location of Interview: Indianola, MS
Name of Interviewer: NIcholas Warren
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Darnell Fisher, Sergeant at IPD
Date of Interview: November 19, 2016
Location of Interview: Indianola, MS
Names of Interviewer: Jawaski Gardner/ A’Xavier Carpenter
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Debbie Kilby Allen, Community Member
Date of Interview: Unknown
Location of Interview: Indianola, MS
Name of Interviewer: Unknown
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NO AUDIO/NO VIDEO


Deborah Moore, Community Member
Date of Interview: June 21, 2016
Location of Interview: Indianola, MS
Name of Interviewer: Calvin Griffin
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Edrick Hall, Chief of Police
Date of Interview: November 19, 2016
Location of Interview: Indianola, MS
Name of Interviewer: Myron Hawkins
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Guss Williams, Student
Date of Interview: December 2, 2016
Location of Interview: Sunflower, MS
Name of Interviewer: Cornivion Bracey
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Jessie Cooper, Teacher
Date of Interview: June 24, 2016
Location of Interview: Sunflower, MS
Name of Interviewer: Jawaski Gardner
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Jimmy Sherman, Youth Court
Date of Interview: June 24, 2016
Location of Interview: Indianola, MS
Name of Interviewer: Travion Dozier
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John Skelton, Community Member
Date of Interview: June 21, 2016
Location of Interview: Indianola, MS
Name of Interviewer: Unknown
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Johnny Phillips, Student
Date of Interview: June 23, 2016
Location of Interview: Unknown
Name of Interviewer: Unknown
No Transcript

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Kaitara Baker, Student
Date of Interview: December 1, 2016
Location of Interview: Sunflower, MS
Name of Interviewer: Nicholas Warren
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Lindsey Ray, Deputy
Date of Interview: June 22, 2016
Location of Interview: Indianola, MS
Name of Interviewer: Nicholas Warren
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Liz Johnson, Advocate
Date of Interview: June 24, 2016
Location of Interview: Indianola, MS
Name of Interviewer: Jadan Farrow
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Lolita Gladney, Community Member
Date of Interview: June 22, 2016
Location of Interview: Indianola, MS
Name of Interviewer: Jawaski Gardner
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Marekus Hibbler, Chief SRO
Date of Interview: November 17, 2016
Location of Interview: Indianola, MS
Name of Interviewer: Nicholas Warren
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Melanie Powell, Advocate
Date of Interview: June 24, 2016
Location of Interview: Sunflower, MS
Name of Interviewer: Jawaksi Gardner
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My'Angelo Johnson, Student Participant
Date of Interview: May 24, 2016
Location of Interview: Unknown
Name of Interviewer: Unknown
No Transcript

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Myron Hawkins, Student Participant
Date of Interview: June 23, 2016
Location of Interview: Unknown
Name of Interviewer: Unknown
No Transcript

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Nathan Bell, Student
Date of Interview: June 24, 2016
Location of Interview: Indianola, MS
Name of Interviewer: Cornivion Bracey
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Nicholas Warren, Student Participant
Date of Interview: June 23, 2016
Location of Interview: Unknown
Name of Interviewer: Unknown
No Transcript

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Nigel Bell, Student Participant
Date of Interview: June 24, 2016
Location of Interview: Unknown
Name of Interviewer: Unknown
No Transcript

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Nikki Payne, Community Member
Date of Interview: June 21, 2016
Location of Interview: Indianola, MS
Name of Interviewer: Calvin Griffin
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Patrick Strong, Barber
Date of Interview: November 29, 2016
Location of Interview: Indianola, MS
Name of Interviewer: Vonkerius Jackson
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Emmanuel Candelario and Frank Antonio Lopez, Peace Poets
Date of Interview: August 27, 2016
Location of Interview: Itta Bena, MS
Name of Interviewer: Unknown
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NO AUDIO/NO VIDEO


Robert Irving, Community Member
Date of Interview: June 21, 2016
Location of Interview: Indianola, MS
Name of Interviewer: Calvin Griffin
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Sapphire Jefferson, Student
Date of Interview: August 27, 2016
Location of Interview: Itta Bena, MS
Name of Interviewer: Theon James
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Shaka Senghor, Activist
Date of Interview: December 1, 2016
Location of Interview: Sunflower, MS
Names of Interviewers: Kyle Perry/A’Xavier Carpenter/Angela Zusman
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Shaketta Davis, Parent
Date of Interview: June 22, 2016
Location of Interview: Indianola, MS
Name of Interviewer: Jawaski Gardner
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Shequita Johnson, Parent
Date of Interview: December 15, 2016
Location of Interview: Indianola, MS
Name of Interviewer: Theon James
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Stephanie Washington, Court Worker
Date of Interview: June 22, 2016
Location of Interview: Indianola, MS
Name of Interviewer: Theon James
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Tammy Pernell, Parent
Date of Interview: December 9, 2016
Location of Interview: Indianola, MS
Name of Interviewer: Kyle Pernell
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Tasha Gardner, Parent
Date of Interview: June 22, 2016
Location of Interview: Indianola, MS
Name of Interviewer: Cornivion Bracey
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Tenaja Doizer, Student
Date of Interview: August 27, 2016
Location of Interview: Itta Bena, MS
Name of Interviewer: Theon James
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Theon James, Student Participant
Date of Interview: May 24, 2016
Location of Interview: Unknown
Name of Interviewer: Unknown
No Transcipt

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Theon James, Student Participant
Date of Interview: June 20, 2016
Location of Interview: Unknown
Name of Interviewer: Unknown
No Transcipt


Thomas Edwards, Former Educator
Date of Interview: December 10, 2016
Location of Interview: Ruleville, MS
Name of Interviewer: Cornivion Bracey
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T'Rossi Pernell, Student
Date of Interview: December 3, 2016
Location of Interview: Unknown
Name of Interviewer: Kyle Pernell
No Transcript

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Vindarius Thomas, Student
Date of Interview: December 1, 2016
Location of Interview: Sunflower, MS
Name of Interviewer: Kyle Pernell
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Veondria Winder, Community Member
Date of Interview: June 21, 2016
Location of Interview: Unknown
Name of Interviewer: Unknown
No Transcript


Vonkerius Jackson, Student Participant
Date of Interview: June 20, 2016
Location of Interview: Indianola, MS
Name of Interviewer: Unknown
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Willie Jones, Business Owner
Date of Interview: June 21, 2016
Location of Interview: Indianola, MS
Name of Interviewer: Unknown
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