The University of Mississippi School of Journalism and New Media will host the Mississippi Scholastic Press Association high school journalism convention Monday, April 1. About 500 high school students are expected to attend.
The school will also have a special guest that day. The school’s Common Ground Committee has partnered with the MSPA to bring Pablo Correa, Ph.D., to campus to discuss his work with the Fannie Lou Hamer’s America documentary team. This presentation will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Overby Auditorium on April 1.
Fannie Lou Hamer’s America is a multimodal project, based on the civil rights activist’s life, that includes an original documentary, an educational curriculum, a young filmmakers’ workshop, and an interactive website. The project’s mission is to create a platform for Hamer’s voice in our modern time while addressing and promoting conversations about racial equity. This presentation will discuss the documentary, last summer’s workshop, as well as the longer-range vision of the project.
Correa received his doctorate from Florida State University and specializes in digital media and documentary film. He currently teaches in the Civic Communication and Media department at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.
Correa’s research focuses on the interests of minorities, especially Blacks and Hispanics in America. His work highlights racial relations, stories of tension, as well as stories of perseverance and success.
He assisted in teaching a youth filmmaking class at the Emmett Till Interpretive Center in Sumner, Mississippi, and is the photographer/videographer for the Emmett Till Memory Project.
Correa is currently working on the Fannie Lou Hamer’s America team, which will be releasing a documentary production along with a K-12 curriculum celebrating the life of Fannie Lou Hamer, one of Mississippi’s biggest civil rights icons.