The historical and archival material together with your own personal story made for an excellent documentary. I particularly enjoyed the inerview with James Meredith. The 60s Civil Rights era is on the B.C. History 12 curriculum - although it's only a couple of lessons in a big course. Your film would be very helpful to students trying to understand segregation in the South.
Myra, so strange...just got back from Jackson and a Provine reunion -- even saw Sharron Royalty! I was a class ahead of you. You call yourself a Canadian; I call myself a Yankee. But let's face it: we're still Mississippians. Our interest in what happens there never ebbs. We sorted things out at a pretty young age, and whether we had direct or indirect contact with the civil rights movement growing up, by Freedom Summer, we knew something was up.
The year I graduated from Provine, Medgar Evers was assassinated, so was President Kennedy; Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner went missing; we'd already had the Freedom Riders locked up in the stockyards. How could we have missed what was happening ... or why? I have asked classmates who left Jackson when did they realize what was up. Most of us recall the laughter and cheering that followed the announcement on the school intercom when JFK was shot and later died...then the consternation that followed: would we have the football game that night?
Here's what I saw in Jackson last week: black and white mixing well, if white is comfortable doing so. White and white dancing around issues carefully, oh so carefully, until comfortable in assessing what's real. What am I able to talk about? Just how far can I go? She stayed in Jackson, what does that mean? She moved to Connecticut, what does that mean? The fact that a white youth and a black youth in Madison can be friends strikes me as an economic fact rather than a racial one. We have suburbs like that here in New England. If you can afford to live here, it must be o.k. Sure, that's different from the 60s, but is it progress when 90 percent of Jackson is now black? Mississippi ReMixed is Mississippi moved around, Mississippi living parallel lives, people exercising rights, but basically not getting to know each other. I've been going back to Jackson regularly over the past 40 years, and I've not seen real social progress. If someone else has, I would love to be wrong.
I think Myra did a great job on this documentary. I was a child growing up in the 60's and 70's my family was from Mississippi and Alabama.We also had a black maid and how I loved her. My mother remarried to a military man and we moved back and forth between Alabama and Germany and even though I was aware of segregation we were military and as my daddy use to say the army knows no color so we tried to live by this. I now live in Mississippi and I have seen change and it is beautiful and I hope and pray that in the future there will be no more bondage separating people and we will all unite and become one.
I've got to say... "Mississippi ReMixed" is one of the most historic, most enlightening, and well done productions of our generation. Bravo!
The documentary was absolutely amazing. As a black man who has lived in Mississippi all my life, I have found that most White people here have an apathetic tone towards the racial divide that exists. It's kind of a "If we don't talk about it, we don't have to deal with it" attitude.
Your documentary is doing just what needs to be done to help calm the storms of racism; create open and honest conversation about the issue. I speak very frankly about racism and other social injustices. Because of this, a lot of people say that I perpetuate the problem. I am a firm believer that if I don't take a stand, it is like acknowedging that everything is fine in regards to race relations. No one can claim ignorance to these issues. So to turn a blind eye, or a deaf ear is nothing short of the kind of indifference that has this country so segregated now.
I wish the people here in Greenville were ready for a community forum on race. We discuss everything from religion, politics and the economy, to healthcare, and housing. Why is the race issue so taboo?!
I appreciate you stepping up and taking your place in this fight. May God continue to bless you and your efforts.
I saw Mississippi ReMixed on MPB. it should be a must see for all Americans - taught in the schools.
"Mississippi ReMixed" is an adapt title for a documentary about race relations, historical reality and love. The documentary is not a peripheral account of any sort. It hits right to the core. No matter where we are from, we could all identify with everyone in the documentary. Love cannot take sides. In the end, we all win. "Mississippi ReMixed" is a must see for everyone.
J. Dale Thorn
Just want to say this after watching the documentary twice. Myra Ottewell and MPB have performed a tremendous service. Mississippi ReMixed reveals how easy it is for a society to cling to the status quo when the majority is privileged. And in a quite constructive way, the documentary shows how the younger generation is changing the status quo. The complexity of race and the history of Jim Crow are laid out for everyone to see. Moreover, for both blacks and whites, this program sounds the alarm against complacent inertia, and with such intellect that viewers will have a difficult time trying to debunk the program's factual basis.