Rebuilding Foundations CD front cover

Rebuilding Foundations

Many people are acquainted with the Mississippi Delta as the home of the blues. Others may know a darker side of the Delta, as an epicenter of racial injustice, epitomized by the tragic murder of Emmett Till which helped inspire the modern civil rights movement.  And some will also recognize that the Mississippi Delta remains one of the most impoverished areas in the country, with a major share of that misery visited upon its African-American population.

Many people are also familiar with the work of Habitat for Humanity, the non-profit organization that seeks to bring affordable, decent housing to people in need around the world. Prospective homeowners and Habitat volunteers work side by side under the guidance of skilled specialists.  By bringing volunteers and local homeowners together in this effort, Habitat has managed in remarkable ways to break down some of the racial and class divides that continue to bedevil not just the Delta but the entire country.

 

Rebuilding Foundations, Part Two

January 11, 2019

For over twenty years, students at University Laboratory High School have worked with Illinois Public Media to produce audio documentaries covering a wide range of issues. One project has taken them further afield than usual:  to Clarksdale, Mississippi and other Delta communities, to see how Habitat for Humanity and other organizations are bringing greater opportunity and renewed purpose to people's lives. This is part two; for part one, click here

“Rebuilding Foundations:  Housing and Hope in the Mississippi Delta,” the first part of the Uni students' documentary, traces the history of the need for decent housing in the region due to racial inequities created through sharecropping, the mechanization of farming, inadequate public education and residential segregation.  The documentary explores the creation of Habitat for Humanity, the founding of the first Habitat affiliate in the Mississippi Delta in the mid-1980s, and the beginnings of the "Collegiate Challenge" initiative in the 1990s.


Introducing the Rebuilding Foundations project

January 24, 2018

For over twenty years, students at University Laboratory High School have worked with Illinois Public Media to produce audio documentaries covering a wide range of issues. Their latest project has taken them further afield than usual:  to Clarksdale, Mississippi and other Delta communities, to see how Habitat for Humanity and other organizations are bringing greater opportunity and renewed purpose to people's lives.  

Many people are acquainted with the Mississippi Delta as the home of the blues. Others may know a darker side of the Delta, as an epicenter of racial injustice, epitomized by the tragic murder of Emmett Till which helped inspire the modern civil rights movement.  And some will also recognize that the Mississippi Delta remains one of the most impoverished areas in the country, with a major share of that misery visited upon its African-American population.