OUR PROGRAMS

Organizing Groups
Training and Organizing Support for low wage, non-union workers.

Focus: 22 Counties: Bolivar, Claiborne, Coahoma, Franklin, Harrison, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Jackson, Jefferson, Leake, Leflore, Madison, Panola, Quitman, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tunica, Warren, Washington and Yazoo.

The Center provides organizing support for workers in these counties. We hold public county-wide sessions, convene town meetings and work with members to develop effective strategies for change.

Fannie Lou Hamer Sister Roundtable
A quarterly gathering of black women (workers, elected officials, social justice advocates and others) to address obstacles black women face as they struggle to improve conditions in their communities in the Mississippi Delta and other parts of the state and country.

Worker Memorial Day
Annual rally and press conference held the fourth Saturday in April. This year's rally will be held on Saturday, April 26th, 2008 at 11:00AM on the steps of the State Capitol in Jackson, MS.

The event brings together labor, religious, education and other community leaders to commemorate the lives of workers who died or were injured on the job because of hazardous conditions.

Southern Human Rights Organizers’ Conference (SHROC)
The Center provides an institutional home for SHROC, which was founded by the Center’s Executive Director, Jaribu Hill in 1996. SHROC meets bi-annually in a designated Southern city. SHROC V was held in Memphis, Tennessee, on December 10-12, 2004. The 10th Anniversary of SHROC, SHROC VI, was held December 8-10, 2006 in Houston, Texas. SHROC VII will be held December 12-14, 2008 in North Carolina.

Annual Community Black History Month Celebration
Program and High School Essay Contest
This event is held every February and is supported by communities throughout the Delta.

The Fannie Lou Hamer Internship/Externship Program
Founded in 1996 under the auspices of the Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights (the Center), the program is a nationally recognized program for law, undergraduate, and high school students. Each term (Winter, Spring, Summer) the program selects 7-10 students with an interest in civil and human rights issues to devote their time to working on projects ranging from fair housing and worker mistreatment to voting rights and racial justice.