Although the Mississippi Book Festival is free and open to the public, several events by others have developed around the annual festival. Some of these are ticketed and others are invitation-only. Spin off events that have come to our attention are listed below. For ticketed events, feel free to connect with listed organizers for ticket availability and keep in mind that space may be limited at some venues.

How Mississippi Changed America

Conversations About the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi and the Nation

Thursday, December 7, 2017
House Chamber, Old Capitol Museum
100 S. State Street, Jackson, MS 39201

Historians, scholars and experts discuss the civil rights movement in Mississippi, ground zero for the national struggle. On the cusp of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum’s opening, hear how the stories the museum tells and history it shares are as much about America as Mississippi. As the people in the trenches in this state fought for change, their strategies and activities affected the movement beyond its borders — including other states and the powerful halls of the nation’s capital.

  • 4:00 - 5:15 pm Panel Discussion: Randall Pinkston (moderator), Charles E. Cobb, Jr., Emilye Crosby, Françoise Hamlin, and Tiyi Morris
  • 5:30 - 6:30 pm Conversation: W. Ralph Eubanks (moderator) and Clayborne Carson

The Margaret Walker Center at Jackson State University, the Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Tougaloo College and the Mississippi Book Festival

The Mississippi Bicentennial Celebration and the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the Museum of Mississippi History

Bicentennial Grants from the Mississippi Humanities Council and Visit Mississippi, and a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation