Spies of Mississippi - Screening & Discussion
Join us for a screening and discussion of Spies of Mississippi with panelists Dr. Quintard Taylor, Scott and Dorothy Bullitt Professor of American History, University of Washington; Dr. Nancy Bristow, Distinguished Professor of History and African American Studies Program, University of Puget Sound and Rita Bender, a principal in the law firm Skellenger Bender, moderated by Nathan Gibbs-Bowling, social studies teacher, Lincoln High School. RSVP to outreach@KCTS9.org. Space is limited. Free and open to the public.
ABOUT THE FILM
Spies of Mississippi tells the story of a secret spy agency formed by the state of Mississippi to preserve segregation during the 1950s and ‘60s. The Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission evolved from a predominantly public relations agency to a full-fledged spy operation, spying on over 87,000 Americans over the course of a decade. The Commission employed a network of investigators and informants, including African Americans, to help infiltrate some of the largest Black organizations — NAACP, CORE and SNCC. They were granted broad powers to investigate private citizens and organizations, keep secret files, make arrests and compel testimony. Spies of Mississippi premieres Monday, February 10, at 10:30 p.m. as part of Independent Lens. Learn more about this film.