Dr. C. Sade Turnipseed's picture
February 10, 2019 to May 31, 2019
Mississippi, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, American History / Studies, Black History / Studies, Ethnic History / Studies, Local History

Call for Papers



A Retrospective Seminar on the Development of Mississippi Valley State University

The educational oasis in the Delta!


Dr. Jerryl Briggs Jr., Mississippi Valley State University’s President has recommended a newly revised historical accounting that tells the story of the Mississippi Delta, the accomplishments, and the contributions MVSU made to the community’s progress. As a result, the book “Up from a Cotton Patch,” published in 1979, by Mrs. J.H. White has been targeted in this endeavor. The book is an autobiographical/historical novel about MVSU’s founder Dr. James Herbert White, who served as President from 1950-1972. A newly formed Committee/Editorial Board composed of several distinguished professors at MVSU are in agreement that an updated version of the book is in order. The working title of this project is “Up from the Cotton Patch … Revisited.”

The “Revisited” Editorial Board is hereby invites all community members to participate in a retrospective seminar on the development of The Mississippi Valley State University. The inaugural seminar is scheduled for Friday, September 27, 2019, in the Carver Randle Auditorium, (Social Sciences Building) on the MVSU campus. The collection of papers and interviews will be considered for a new updated publication of the same title, “Up from the Cotton Patch … Revisited.”

The call for papers, interviews and publication opportunities are open to all students, staff, faculty members, and community members-at-large. The themes (areas and scope) of the papers/interviews may include, but not limited to, personal experiences at The Valley, personal observations of the Delta, its people, its growth, its mission and visions, its hopes and significance to and for the greater Delta community, culture, economy, etc.


Paper Submission Deadline:

May 31, 2019

Contact Info: 

Up from the Cotton Patch … Revisited

Editorial Board