In late April 1937, Mississippi's Blue Mountain College hosted the first Southern Literary Festival on its campus. Not only did this momentous event begin a tradition which has endured until this day, the 1937 meeting featured Robert Penn Warren as the keynote speaker. Warren, then a professor at LSU, was one of the founders of this organization of Southern colleges and schools designed to help promote Southern literature.
Eudora Alice Welty was born in Jackson, MS on April 13, 1909 and would have been 108 today. An author of prodigious talent, she penned ten collected works of short stories, six novels, and two volumes of essays during her lifetime, receiving international recognition for her work.
On March 31-April 2, 1989 The University of Mississippi held "The Civil Rights Movement and the Law: A National Symposium" to examine and assess the effects of civil rights litigation on contemporary law and society. The event was coordinated and sponsored by the University of Mississippi's School of Law and the Center for the Study of Southern Culture who received grant support from the Ford Foundation.