There is nothing I love more than a road trip to a new place, with or without a mission. Today, I had a mission. This is my introduction to Mound Bayou, Mississippi, a place I have long found fascinating. I met with the mayor, Kennedy Johnson, to explore our working with the community in a service learning project. I first read about Mound Bayou while I was still in Texas, and ran across an article about the cooperative health care center founded there, based on something that was developed in South Africa under the apartheid years. I'm not going to go into the powerfully moving history of this community here for two reasons. I'll be doing a week-long series of posts about it in July, and don't want to "steal the thunder" from that, plus, I need to do quite a bit of research in order to do the story justice. However, I just can't stop myself from sharing some of the day's experiences.
Isaiah T. Montgomery home.
Mr. Montgomery was one of the founders of Mound Bayou, and its first mayor.
The Taborian was significant in providing access to quality health care for African Americans during the years of segregation. There is much more to the story, but, it has to be saved for when I can do it justice.