Mt. Sterling Elementary library media specialist Wendy Rogers was selected as an NEH Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool of more than 300 teachers to attend a seminar in Mississippi supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Endowment is a federal agency that, each summer, supports these enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities, and cultural institutions so that teachers can study with experts in humanities disciplines.
Rogers participated in a seminar entitled “The Most Southern Place on Earth: Music, History, and Culture of the Mississippi Delta”. The week-long program was held at Delta State University in Cleveland, MS and was directed by Dr. Rolando Herts and Lee Aylward. The 72 teachers selected to participate in the program each receive a stipend to cover their travel, study, and living expenses.
Experiences included meeting Wheeler Parker (the cousin of Emmett Till), discussions of Delta Chinese and Delta Jews, a reading of the civil rights play Beautiful Agitators, visits to the Memphis Civil Rights Museum, Cotton Museum, Stax Museum and Peabody Hotel in Memphis, a visit to Dockery Farms – the birthplace of the blues, in-depth discussion of the Emmett Till case in the actual courthouse where his murderers were put on trial, and a visit to the Fannie Lou Hamer gravesite, among many others.
Pictured below are Rogers and Reverend Wheeler Parker in the Sumner, MS courthouse.