Mississippi has one of the lowest Hispanic populations in the country, but there are some significant pockets, especially in rural agricultural areas. Vardaman, a rural community in Northeast Mississippi whose elementary school is about the become the first predominantly Latino school in the state.
Ongoing legal processes for two rural Louisiana school districts are highlighting state desegregation issues. The Morehouse and Union districts are working to fully integrate their schools. And one previously contentious issue is fading from prominence in these rural parishes.
The state’s largest university is experiencing significant growth in the numbers of first-year minority student enrollment. That growth is the increase in black and Hispanic freshmen about to begin classes at the University of Georgia.