Best Quotes about Mississippi

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Last Updated on: 28th August 2021, 06:20 pm

My parents were working in a hospital in Memphis. But I didn’t live there for any length of time that I remember. The first thing I remember is the town in Mississippi that I live in now, Charleston.–Morgan Freeman

The gifts of God should be enjoyed by all citizens in Mississippi.–Medgar Evers

Only remember west of the Mississippi it’s a little more look, see, act. A little less rationalize, comment, talk.–F. Scott Fitzgerald

Several other aerospace and defense firms have announced plans to build facilities in north Mississippi in recent weeks. They join an impressive group of high-tech companies already doing business in our region.–Roger Wicker

A child born to a Black mother in a state like Mississippi… has exactly the same rights as a white baby born to the wealthiest person in the United States. It’s not true, but I challenge anyone to say it is not a goal worth working for.–Thurgood Marshall

Books were my pass to personal freedom. I learned to read at age three, and soon discovered there was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi.–Oprah Winfrey

The distance between taking social action and having the knowledge is as wide as the mouth of the Mississippi.–Mort Sahl

I grew up in Mississippi being told it was a great place, but not feeling that. When I finally began reading seriously, literature showed me something about where I was from which was worthwhile.–Richard Ford

I loved Mississippi and do to this day. The rainbows that stretch from horizon to horizon after a summer rain are the most spectacular I have ever seen.–Charley Pride

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, sons of former slaves and sons of former slave-owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day, even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into a oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by content of their character. I have a dream today!–Martin Luther King, Jr.

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In the state of Mississippi, Many Years Ago, a boy of 14 years got a taste of Southern law.–Phil Ochs

When you’re from Weir, Mississippi, almost everywhere you go looks like the big city.–Roy Oswalt

These people in Mississippi State, they are not “down”; all they need is a chance. And I am determined to give my part not for what the Movement can do for me, but what I can do for the Movement to bring about a change in the State of Mississippi.–Fannie Lou Hamer

I can’t speak for the Kathryn Stockett, but I would guess that she feels proud of the progress the South has made because, growing up, she experienced a very different Mississippi than the one that exists today.–Viola Davis

And the fact that Emmett Till, a young black man, could be found floating down the river in Mississippi, as, indeed, many had been done over the years, this set in concrete the determination of people to move forward.–Fred Shuttlesworth

All the really great records or people who made them somehow came from Memphis or Louisiana or somewhere along the Mississippi River…And singers like Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters gave me the feeling that they were right there, standing by the river.–John Fogerty

What would we say if the Chinese sent a gunboat with their marines up the Mississippi River claiming they were protecting their laundries in Memphis?–Will Rogers

Old black water, keep on rollin’

Mississippi moon won’t you keep on shinin’ on me?–Patrick Simmons

The river itself has no beginning or end. In its beginning, it is not yet the river; in the end it is no longer the river. What we call the headwaters is only a selection from among the innumerable sources which flow together to compose it. At what point in its course does the Mississippi become what the Mississippi means?–T. S. Eliot

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With us, when you speak of ‘the river,’ though there be many, you mean always the same one, the great river, the shifting, unappeasable god of the country, feared and loved the Mississippi.–William Alexander Percy

It’s a treat to beat your feet on the Mississippi mud.–James Kavanaugh

I’m a black writer from Mississippi. That’s what I most consider myself.–Kiese Laymon

Death and loss, they plague you. So do memories. Like the Mississippi’s incessant slap against the levees, they creep up with deceptive sweetness before grabbing your heart and pulling it under.–Karen White

The Mississippi, the Ganges, and the Nile,… the Rocky Mountains, the Himmaleh, and Mountains of the Moon, have a kind of personal importance in the annals of the world.–Henry David Thoreau

Let’s look at two things real quickly: the civil rights movement in Mississippi in the Sixties and the Arab Spring starting in Tunisia and Cairo. What they had in common was people who were told, and who believed inside themselves, that they were a certain way, and the society at large believed it.–Bill Ayers

I hope March is a guide for today’s activists. It took raw courage for young people to volunteer to go to Mississippi in the summer of 1964, and unrelenting faith in the power of democracy to organize such a massive campaign.–Andrew Aydin

Some people think that [it was] Martin Luther King Jr.’s idea to have a boycott. It was a black woman, a teacher, who said we should boycott the buses. You had people like Fannie Lou Hamer; Delta, Mississippi.–John Lewis

There’s a potter that lived back in the 1800s, in Biloxi, Mississippi, and his name was George Ohr. He was of Russian descent, but they called him the “Mad Potter of Biloxi.” I’d love to do a great character study and comedy about that guy’s life. That would be my dream role. I know it’s an oddball thing, but it’s true. He lived at the turn of the century, in the 1800s.–Lance Henriksen

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America is thataway, Mr. Lincoln,” laughed Davis, pointing north. “You’re in Mississippi now.–Seth Grahame-Smith

I hear Raleigh’s new accounting business isn’t doing well. Maybe up in New York or somewhere it’s a good thing, but in Jackson, Mississippi, people just don’t care to do business with a rude, condescending asshole.–Kathryn Stockett

I mean a real police state just to get a token recognition of a law. It take, it took, I think, 15,000 troops and 6 million dollars to put one negro in the University of Mississippi. That’s a police action, police state action.–Malcolm X

Jesmyn Ward is an alchemist. She transmutes pain and loss into gold. Men We Reaped illustrates hardships but thankfully, vitally, it’s just as clear about the humor, the intelligence, the tenderness, the brilliance of the folks in DeLisle, Mississippi. A community that’s usually wiped off the literary map can’t be erased when it’s in a book this good.–Victor LaValle

Safe from the Neighbors is a novel of unusual richness and depth, one that’s as wise about the small shocks within a marriage as it is about the troubled history of Mississippi. Steve Yarbrough is a formidably talented novelist, shuttling between the past and present with a grace that feels effortless.–Tom Perrotta

Clearly we’re in historic times here. We have – one of the tributaries of the Mississippi River is a river called the Merrimack. And the crest areas there – they’re going to be a number of feet, 2, 3, 4, over what they were in ’93 or ’82. And on the Mississippi River itself, down below St. Louis, we’re still projecting a couple of feet over that historic number. So the bottom line is there’s a significant amount of water that’s causing evacuations and challenges throughout that whole area.–Jay Nixon

His [the President’s] earnest desire is, that you may perpetuated and preserved as a nation; and this he believes can only be doneand secured by your consent to remove to a country beyond the Mississippi…. Where you are, it is not possible you can live contented and happy.–Andrew Jackson

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Growing up in Mississippi, I realized that it was separate and unequal and all that, but it was still a safe place.–Morgan Freeman

Since I was a kid, I’ve had an absolute obsession with particular kinds of American music. Mississippi Delta blues of the Thirties, Chicago blues of the Fifties, West Coast music of the mid-Sixties – but I’d never really touched on dark Americana.–Robert Plant

My favorite figure of the American author is that of a man who breeds a favorite dog, which he throws into the Mississippi River for the pleasure of making a splash. The river does not splash, but it drowns the dog.–Henry Adams

New Jersey boasts the highest percentage of passport holders (68%); Delaware (67%), Alaska (65%), Massachusetts (63%), New York (62%), and California (60%) are close behind. At the opposite end of the spectrum, less than one in five residents of Mississippi are passport holders, and just one in four residents of West Virginia, Kentucky, Alabama, and Arkansas.–Richard Florida

I felt no obligation to bow to any 21st Century political correctness. What I did feel an obligation to do was to take the 21stCentury viewers and physically transport them back to the ante bellum South in 1858, in Mississippi, and have them look at America for what it was back then. And I wanted it to be shocking.–Quentin Tarantino

I’m street smart. You can’t con me. But that’s just from living in New York. Now if a guy came from Mississippi somewhere, Ohio somewhere, to New York City for the first time, he don’t have the street smarts. You can take him.–J. B. Smoove

Each Fall the graves of my grandfathers call me, the brown

hills and red gullies of mississippi send out their electric

messages, galvanizing my genes.–Etheridge Knight

I don’t remember any impression [from blues].The blues was just everywhere in the Mississippi Delta. It was mostly black sharecroppers living there, and there was a lot of blues around. Sometimes the guys would sing the blues in the fields, working.–Mose Allison

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Mississippi State has two pretty looking quarterbacks.–Mike Leach

My home office and workshop are on an overlook on the only deep river gorge on the entire length of the Mississippi River.–William Gurstelle

I believe, the NAACP began to try to organize parents of Negro children to file petitions with the boards of education regarding the integration of the school system. You had some very severe economic reprisals against people in Mississippi and in South Carolina. So, in order to try to help to meet some of the physical needs and the economic needs of people in Clarendon County [SC] who had been displaced from the land, and otherwise, and in certain sections of Mississippi, we organized in New York City something called “In Friendship”.–Ella Baker

I would get songs sung to me, like ‘Old Man River, ‘or kids would call me Mississippi and things like that. At the time, I wished I had a name that blended in more with my surroundings. Now, though, I’ve really learned to love it. From fifteen, I really liked it. It felt appropriate. Before that, I don’t think it quite fitted me. I had to grow into it.–River Phoenix

There was really interesting work going on, for example, in the Mississippi bayou, where there were some really exemplary health centers that also became centers with kind of political organizing.–Jill Stein

One of the things I remember as a child: There was a man named Joe Pulliam. He was a great Christian man; but one time, he was living with a white family and this white family robbed him of what he earned. They didn’t pay him anything. This white man gave him $150 to go to the hill, (you see, I lived in the Black Belt of Mississippi)… to get another Negro family. Joe Pulliam knew what this white man had been doing to him so he kept the $150 and didn’t go.–Fannie Lou Hamer

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Information helps you to see that you’re not alone. That there’s somebody in Mississippi and somebody in Tokyo who have wept, who’ve all longed and lost, who’ve all been happy. So the library helps you to see, not only that you are not alone, but that you’re not really any different from everyone else.–Maya Angelou

In Mississippi the important thing is hooch, not bar equipment.–Florence King

All birds during the pairing season become more or less sentimental, and murmur soft nothings in a tone very unlike the grinding-organ repetition and loudness of their habitual song. The crow is very comical as a lover; and to hear him trying to soften his croak to the proper Saint-Preux standard has something the effect of a Mississippi boatman quoting Tennyson.–James Russell Lowell

There is a velvety sensuality here at the mouth of the Mississippi that you won’t find anywhere else. Tell me what the air feels like at 3 AM on a Thursday night in late August in Shaker Heights, and I bet that you won’t be able to say because nobody stays up that late. But in New Orleans, I’ll tell you, it’s like ink and honey passed through silver moonlight.–Andrei Codrescu

Well, you have to understand where we came from. We are not here because we decided 10 years ago that we were going to be x-size company, and, oh, yeah, Jackson would be a good headquarters. We work here in Mississippi because we started here, and we are certainly happy here. Those of us working out of Jackson intend to continue working out of Jackson.–Bernard Ebbers

[For American consumer society], the country’s reserves of ignorance constitute a natural resource as precious as the Mississippi River or the long-lost herds of buffalo.–Lewis H. Lapham

To secure the safety of the navigation of the Mississippi River I would slay millions. On that point I am not only insane, but mad… I think I see one or two quick blows that will astonish the natives of the South and will convince them that, though to stand behind a big cottonwood and shoot at a passing boat is good sport and safe, it may still reach and kill their friends and families hundreds of miles off. For every bullet shot at a steamboat, I would shoot a thousand 30-pounder Parrots into even helpless towns on Red, Ouachita, Yazoo, or wherever a boat can float or soldier march.–William Tecumseh Sherman

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Each summer, for example, nitrogen and phosphate washing from farmlands in the Mississippi Valley enter the Gulf of Mexico, creating a massive algal bloom covering some 16,000 square kilometers. As the blooms die off, this area-roughly the size of New Jersey-is so deprived of oxygen that no fish survive.–Lester R. Brown

From earliest times, water has always been acknowledged as a primary human good and an indispensable natural resource. Around the great rivers of the world, like the Mississippi, great cultures have developed, while over the course of the centuries the prosperity of countless societies has been linked to these waterways. Today, however, the great fluvial systems of every continent are exposed to serious threats, often as a result of man’s activity and decisions.–Pope Benedict XVI

Coming from the South, I just felt you had to work just a little bit harder. It was not going to be handed to you. I’d get the letters from all the major schools but no one came out to talk to me face to face until this small, dominant black school, Mississippi State Valley University sent a coach out to me. I had a chance to talk to him and he said, ‘Hey Jerry, we’re going to be doing some great things at Mississippi Valley State University and we would love to have you there.’–Jerry Rice

I was raised in Mississippi, so heat and humidity is my bread and butter. It keeps me going. I can’t stand cold weather.–Morgan Freeman

I am all about breaking barriers and challenging myself, that is why everything I have done on my resume is different. I have never played a cop again, and I have never played a boxer again since I played Muhammad Ali. That was a challenge, being darker than him, and the film won Best Television Movie and I was a part of that. I was in Mississippi Burning, which won an Oscar.–Darius McCrary

It is hard to look at the amount of damage in the two states and say it’s equal, but the time to fight that battle is gone. Without Louisiana and Mississippi working together, Louisiana might have gotten a lot less than that. That’s just the reality of politics.–Tim Ryan

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Ninety-nine percent of girls want to be models because they believe it will mean that they are the most beautiful women in the world. They think that they will wear expensive clothes, makes loads of money, travel a lot and have a rock star for a boyfriend. This never interested me. I didn’t want anyone to scream out my name. I wanted to make art, to create an image with a photographer. And yes, I wanted to get out of Clinton, Mississippi – a small town that was so closed-minded you can’t even imagine.–Crystal Renn

The public conviction that a railroad linking the West and the East was an absolute necessity became so pronounced after the gold discoveries of ’49 that Congress passed an act in 1853 providing for a survey of several lines from the Mississippi to the Pacific.–John Moody

I am thankful for the strong, united response of our university community to the desecration of the James Meredith statue last year, confirming our university values of civility and respect. what it is saying is that the only possible justice for a black in the state of Mississippi is the federal government and if there’s anything that we don’t need it’s that being our only means of expecting justice.–James Meredith

Yet, in 1850 nearly all the railroads in the United States lay east of the Mississippi River, and all of them, even when they were physically mere extensions of one another, were separately owned and separately managed.–John Moody

We have lost a true public servant with the passing of Alan Nunnelee, who dedicated so much of his life to improving Mississippi, my thoughts and prayers are with Tori and the entire Nunnelee family at this sad time.–Thad Cochran

I am determined to get every Negro in the state of Mississippi registered.–Fannie Lou Hamer

It’s not enough to celebrate the ideals that we’re built on, liberty and justice and equality for all. Those just can’t be words on paper, the work of every generation is to make those words mean something, concrete in the lives of our children. And we won’t get there as long as kids in Baltimore or Ferguson or New York or Appalachia or the Mississippi delta or the Pine Ridge reservation believe that their lives are somehow worthless.–Barack Obama

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It is sometimes necessary to repeat what all know. All mapmakers should place the Mississippi in the same location and avoid originality.–Saul Bellow

The only thing I really feel is necessary is that the black people, not only in Mississippi, will have to actually upset this applecart. What I mean by that is, so many things are under the cover that will have to be swept out and shown to this whole world, not just to America. This thing they say of “the land of the free and the home of the brave” is all on paper. It doesn’t really mean anything to us. The only way we can make this thing a reality in America is to do all we can to destroy this system and bring this out to the light that has been under the cover all these years.–Fannie Lou Hamer

I think there will be great leaders emerging from the State of Mississippi. The people that have the experience to know and the people not interested in letting somebody pat you on the back and tell us “I think it is right.” And it is very important for us not to accept a compromise and after I got back to Mississippi, people there said it was the most important step that had been taken.–Fannie Lou Hamer

In coming to Atlantic City, we believed strongly that we were right. In fact, it was just right for us to come to challenge the seating of the regular Democratic Party from Mississippi. But we didn’t think when we got there that we would meet people, that actually the other leaders of the Movement would differ with what we felt was right.–Fannie Lou Hamer

I do remember, one time, a man came to me after the students began to work in Mississippi and he said the white people were getting tired and they were getting tense and anything might happen. Well, I asked him “how long he thinks we had been getting tired”? I have been tired for 46 years and my parents was tired before me and their parents were tired, and I have always wanted to do something that would help some of the things I would see going on among Negroes that I didn’t like and I don’t like now.–Fannie Lou Hamer

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The Mississippi is not the only river. There’s the Tallahatchie and the Big Black. People have been put in the river year after year, these things been happening.–Fannie Lou Hamer

After we testified before the Credentials Committee in Atlantic City, their Mississippi representative testified also. He said I got 600 votes but when they made the count in Mississippi, I was told I had 388 votes. So actually it is no telling how many votes I actually got.–Fannie Lou Hamer

You can tell this by the program the federal government had to train 2,400 tractor drivers. They would have trained Negro and white together, but this man, Congressman Jamie Whitten, voted against it and everything that was decent. So, we’ve got to have somebody in Washington who is concerned about the people of Mississippi.–Fannie Lou Hamer

The only thing we took out was the Constitution of the State of Mississippi and the interpretation of the Constitution. We had 63,000 people registered on the Freedom Registration form. And we tried from every level to go into the regular Democratic Party medium. We tried from the precinct level. The 16th of June when they were holding precinct meetings all across the state, I was there and there was eight of us there to attend the meeting, and they had the door locked at 10 o’clock in the morning. This is what’s happening in the State of Mississippi.–Fannie Lou Hamer

The 20th of March in 1964, I went before the Secretary of State to qualify to run as an official candidate for Congress from the 2nd Congressional District, and it was easier for me to qualify to run than it was for me to pass the literacy test to be a registered voter. And we had four people to qualify and run in the June primary election be we didn’t have enough Negroes registered in Mississippi.–Fannie Lou Hamer

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It took the United States Army to get one Negro into the University of Mississippi; it took troops to get a few Negroes in the white schools at Little Rock and another dozen places in the South.–Malcolm X

I looked on the television the other night and saw them beating a Negro unmercifully in Mississippi. And this is the result of a brainwashing technique, a certain power structure in the American government has paid these Negro integrationist leaders to perpetuate among our people. But it’s not a good thing, and it will never solve our problem.–Malcolm X

One thing I noticed after being down in Mississippi for the shoot was that words like “God” and “Jesus” are used all the time, but they’re not specifically referring to Jesus. It’s sort of this accepted phraseology for love, or spirituality, or whatever it is you personally believe in.–Christina Ricci

I always enjoy myself fighting in Mississippi. I enjoy myself fighting anywhere.–Larry Holmes

The other great innovation are things like Transparent or One Mississippi on Amazon, Master of None on Netflix, and those half-hours. It’s a lot easier to watch a load of those because it’s far more palatable to go, “You know, I’m just going to do one more of these.”–Tom Riley

I get letters every week from people who live in rural Texas or rural Mississippi and who feel totally alone. They feel like they must be the strangest person in the world. They don’t fit in to the religious milieu of their communities. It doesn’t make any sense to them. They read some of my columns and they know that there’s somebody in the world at least as crazy as they are, and so they write and say is there anybody else?–John Shelby Spong

My concern was first, for the black people of Mississippi, then I became concerned for black people nationwide, now my concern is for black people all over the world. I began to realize that it’s not as much about race as we think it is. It’s about the rich vs. the poor. I feel as if the different races are pitted against one another so we won’t see the bigger (financial disparity) problem.–David Banner

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My passion comes from the things that have historically happened to black people in Mississippi. I can honestly say that most of the things that I’ve accomplished in my life have come from my spirituality and my belief in God.–David Banner

I never will let anyone make, maneuver me into making a distinction between the Mississippi form of discrimination and the New York City form of discrimination. It’s, it’s both discrimination; it’s all discrimination.–Malcolm X

To watch your home change in front of you is surprising. But at the same time, going someplace like Mississippi, makes me appreciate even this.–Jacqueline Woodson

This problem is not only in Mississippi. During the time I was in the Convention in Atlantic City, I didn’t get any threats from Mississippi. The threatening letters were from Philadelphia, Chicago and other big cities.–Fannie Lou Hamer

The only thing I really feel is necessary is that the black people, not only in Mississippi, will have to actually upset this applecart. What I mean by that is, so many things are under the cover that will have to be swept out and shown to this whole world, not just to America. This thing they say of “the land of the free and the home of the brave” is all on paper.–Fannie Lou Hamer

I remember being at the church a few hours after the church was bombed in Birmingham, the 16th Street Baptist Church. It was very hard and very difficult to stand on that corner across the street from the church. Or to go Mississippi and search for the three civil rights workers who came up missing. There is a lot of trauma.–John Lewis

My personal beliefs were shaped more by experience and by watching the news when I was young: images of angelic-looking college students in Mississippi crying like the world was ending because black people were being allowed on their campus; the slow mounting horror of Vietnam on the evening news every night; sitting with my parents in front of the TV and being appalled at the way the Chicago police were treating the protesters during the ’68 Democratic convention. Being eyed with suspicion because of my age and the way I wore my hair.–James Vance

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Usually we look at it like, “Oh, black people couldn’t vote in Mississippi because they had to take a literacy test.” But one of the things you learn in the film is that there were major consequences for even trying to vote. You could be killed for trying to vote. You could definitely be fired from your job and many were, which is why so few black Mississippians even attempted to register early on. They put your name in the newspaper if you tried to register to vote.–Stanley Nelson Jr.

Living in Montgomery, I’ve been antagonized by the emergence of a narrative about our history that I believe is quite false and misleading, and actually dangerous. And the narrative that emerges when you spend time in the South – places likes Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana – is that we have always been a noble, wonderful, glorious region of the country, with wonderful, noble, glorious people doing wonderful, noble, glorious things. And there’s great pride in the Alabamians of the nineteenth century.–Bryan Stevenson

If we want to understand the actions of a man in the early 1860’s, put yourself back there in his shoes. As a young man he began piloting steamboats on the Mississippi, a job he loved and wanted to do the rest of his life, he said. The Civil War ended traffic on the River and his job. He wrote about it in A History of A Campaign That Failed. He said: “I joined the Confederacy, served for two weeks, deserted, and the Confederacy fell.” His attachment to the Southern ideal of slavery does not appear very sturdy.–Hal Holbrook

A great symphony is a man-made Mississippi down which we irresistibly flow from the instant of our leave-taking to a long forseen destination.–Aaron Copland

There were colored and white waiting rooms everywhere, from doctor’s offices to the bus stations, as people may already know. But there were actually colored windows at the post office in, for example, Pensacola, Florida. And there were white and colored telephone booths in Oklahoma. And there were separate windows where white people and black people would go to get their license plates in Indianola, Mississippi. And there were even separate tellers to make your deposits at the First National Bank in Atlanta.–Isabel Wilkerson

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My son’s an idiot. His teacher asked him to spell Mississippi. He asked which one? The river or the state?–Rodney Dangerfield

I always wanted to grow up fast. I longed for more than the Mississippi Delta could give.–Charley Pride

In Russia I felt for the first time like a full human being. No color prejudice like in Mississippi, no color prejudice like in Washington. It was the first time I felt like a human being. –Paul Robeson

The funny response to ‘One Mississippi’ continues to be that people don’t know what is true and what’s fiction. –Tig Notaro

I take a freezing cold shower to start every day, and when I can’t take it any more, I count 20 Mississippi’s. Then I literally walk out of the shower and say, ‘Let’s go.’ –Jesse Itzler

My father is from Mississippi, and I heard stories of racial injustice my whole life. –Omar Benson Miller

Back when we was in school in Mississippi, we had Little Black Sambo. That’s what you learned: Anytime something was not good, or anytime something was bad in some kinda way, it had to be called black. Like, you had Black Monday, Black Friday, black sheep… Of course, everything else, all the good stuff, is white. White Christmas and such. –B. B. King

Growing up as a queer child in Mississippi, I got my Nintendo in 1985, and I’ve been lost in this world ever since. When I was scared because my church said people like me were going to burn in hell, ‘Final Fantasy,’ ‘Dragon Warrior’ and ‘Super Mario’ offered a lifeboat. –Brianna Wu

I would sit on the street corners in my hometown of Indianola, Mississippi, and I would play. And, generally, I would start playing gospel songs. People would come by on the street – you live in Time Square, you know how they do it – they would bunch up. And they would always compliment me on gospel tunes, but they would tip me when I played blues. –B. B. King

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If I could, I’d sing old French songs or American folk music, but I sure as hell can’t do it as well as Mississippi John Hurt – no way in hell am I getting near that! –Hozier

Georgia Tech beat us and Mississippi Southern tied us last year, and Texas beat us after we had the game won. We only played about five games the way we were capable of playing and lost one of those. –Bear Bryant

The gifts of God should be enjoyed by all citizens in Mississippi. –Medgar Evers

We are in the midst of an exciting canvass… I am working very hard in politics as well as in other matters. We are determined that Mississippi shall be settled on a basis of justice and political and legal equality. –Hiram Rhodes Revels

My name is Natasha Trethewey, and I was born in Gulfport, Mississippi, in 1966, exactly 100 years to the day that Mississippi celebrated the first Confederate Memorial Day, April 26, 1866. –Natasha Trethewey

I’m an actor. The fact that I’m involved in Jigsaw, I don’t approach Jigsaw any differently than I approached The Nordic in ‘The Firm’ or FBI Agent Stokes in ‘Mississippi Burning.’ It’s the same deal. It’s just that the effect is sometimes different. So I say, people ask me, ‘How does it feel to be a horror icon?’ I’m thrilled. It’s great.– Tobin Bell

Information helps you to see that you’re not alone. That there’s somebody in Mississippi and somebody in Tokyo who all have wept, who’ve all longed and lost, who’ve all been happy. So the library helps you to see, not only that you are not alone, but that you’re not really any different from everyone else. –Maya Angelou

There’s an undeniable tradition of sexism in this country that ties into the move westward by people of European descent and different ways of looking at Manifest Destiny on the west side of the Mississippi River.– Tommy Lee Jones

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One day, I know the struggle will change. There’s got to be a change – not only for Mississippi, not only for the people in the United States, but people all over the world.– Fannie Lou Hamer

Yet, in 1850 nearly all the railroads in the United States lay east of the Mississippi River, and all of them, even when they were physically mere extensions of one another, were separately owned and separately managed. –John Moody

When I joined the freedom movement in Mississippi in my early 20s, it was to come to the aid of sharecroppers, like my parents, who had been thrown off the land they’d always known – the plantations – because they attempted to exercise their ‘democratic’ right to vote. –Alice Walker

In the ’50s, listening to Elvis and others on the radio in Bombay – it didn’t feel alien. Noises made by a truck driver from Tupelo, Mississippi, seemed relevant to a middle-class kid growing up on the other side of the world. That has always fascinated me. –Salman Rushdie

Unless engineers can stop southern Louisiana from sinking into the Gulf – the Mississippi Delta is the fastest-disappearing land on the planet – even post-Katrina’s modernized levees will be overwhelmed. –Nina Easton

If I go into the Mississippi Delta at pitch black midnight and put on a Robert Johnson record, it’s hard to sit in the car because it’s pretty powerful. –Marty Stuart

Freedom Summer, the massive voter education project in Mississippi, was 1964. I graduated from high school in 1965. So becoming active was almost a rite of passage. –Danny Glover

My mother grew up in abject poverty in Mississippi, an elementary school dropout. Yet, with the support of women around her, she returned to school and graduated as class valedictorian – the only one of her seven siblings to finish high school. She became a librarian and then a United Methodist minister. –Stacey Abrams

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The folks in Mississippi are saying, ‘Thank God for Texas.’ –Kinky Friedman

Oh, definitely and I talk about all the things that I really needed to make me happy at that point in time were outside of Mississippi, and now all the things that I need to make me happy are back there. –Sela Ward

I never thought I’d see the day that I would see white folks as frightened, or more so, than black folks was during the civil rights movement when we was in Mississippi. –Dick Gregory

I wanted to get out of Mississippi in the worst way. Go back? What I want to go back for? –Muddy Waters

The Coast Guard has a strong presence in Mississippi and on its waterways. –Cindy Hyde-Smith

I was born in Cleveland, Ohio; raised primarily in Phoenix, Arizona; and, after running away from home in my teens to play music and bouncing around a bit, settled in Oxford, Mississippi, which I consider more my home than anywhere else in the world. –Jonathan Miles

In the summer of 1966, I went to Mississippi to be in the heart of the civil-rights movement, helping people who had been thrown off the farms or taken off the welfare roles for registering to vote. While working there, I met the civil-rights lawyer I later married – we became an interracial couple. –Alice Walker

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