The Unheard Word Live! Panel

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The Unheard Word Live!, a virtual panel discussion looked at the impact and legacy of The Unheard Word, a publication designed for a Black student audience at USM beginning in 1990.

The Unheard Word was published by USM alumna Dr. Riva Brown, who was a member of this virtual panel discussion that assembles other Black USM alums to discuss the origins and impact of the publication, offer critical reflections on the current climate of racial reckoning, and motivate a new generation of USM students from all backgrounds. Dr. Brown (’93, ’98, ’13) is a former journalist and currently an associate professor of public relations at the University of Central Arkansas.

Along with Dr. Brown, the panel discussion featured Dr. Fredrick L. Hickmon, Ph.D., ’94, a 20-year educator and current principal of Mississippi’s only secondary school for Indigenous students, Choctaw Central High School and Carlton Wade, MS, ’98, ’15, a hip-hop journalist with more than 15 years of experience writing for notable magazines. This event was be presented by USM’s Center for Black Studies and Center for the Study of the Gulf South.

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