Dee Whigham, 25, has been identified as the murder victim found in a Mississippi hotel. The registered nurse sustained multiple stab wounds and was found in a hotel room shared with friends in St. Martin, MI, making her the latest transgender person on record to be murdered in the United States this year.
In an unfortunate, yet expected turn of events, Mississippi claims its throne in the race to be the most racist state in America.
The governor of Mississippi, Phil Bryant, signed a proclamation that made April “Confederate Heritage Month.” This is also the state that stirred a large debate around removing the Confederate battle emblem from their state flag.
The Mississippi branch of the NAACP has stepped in after school officials ignored the fact that a white bus drive called some black passengers the n-word.
Parents in Moss Point-Jackson County accused the bus driver of saying the slur to a couple of students when they weren’t sitting down in their seats.
Legislators in Mississippi have passed a bill that would allow people to use their religion to justify discrimination.
The “religious liberty” bill stalled last month, with the House voting to send it to a study committee instead of passing it. However both bodies of Congress have approved a conference report on the bill, advancing it to Gov. Phil Bryant (R).
A 15-year-old Mississippi high school teen was suspended after a picture of him displaying three raised fingers surfaced.
On Feb. 3, assistant principal Todd Nichols summoned Dontadrian Bruce of Olive Branch High to his office. Nichols showed Bruce a photo he had posed for during a recent biology project, and suspended him for holding up gang signs in the picture.
Jackson, Mississippi, mayor Chokwe Lumumba has died. He was 66.
Before becoming involved in Jackson politics, Lumumba was a lawyer and human rights activist.
Jeramey Anderson just turned 22 on Dec. 6. That is also the day that he became an official member of the Mississippi House of Representatives.
Anderson is now the youngest to hold the position after defeating former Moss Point Major Aneice Liddell with 60 percent of the vote to win the District 110 seat.
Yesterday, it was reported that a baby born with HIV had been cured, making this only the second time in history when such an event has occurred and the first time a child has been deemed free of the viurs. The now two-year-old’s mother had not received any kind of HIV treatment or prenatal care during her pregnancy, received treatment just a day after it was born. The child received treatment for the first year. Now, at 23 months, the child has been deemed more or less cured.
Openly gay mayoral candidate Marco McMillian was found dead near a Mississippi River levee.
Authorities had been searching for McMillian since his SUV had been crashed into another vehicle on U.S. highway 49. McMillian was not in the car.
His death is being investigated as a homicide, and resident of Clarkdale – the town in which McMillian was running for office – are stunned.
McMillian was the first openly gay person to be a viable candidate for public office in the state.