Faith And Reason 360

Black in Mississippi, Part 2 — A Ministry of Community Restoration

Episode Summary

Debo Dykes and journalist Donna Ladd sit down with Representative Ronnie Crudup, Jr. of Hinds County’s House District 71 in Jackson, Mississippi, where Faith & Reason is based.

Episode Notes

Our scholars and audiences seek understanding about the history and faith of religious people and culture—but not just for the sake of knowledge. Faith And Reason challenges faith to confront injustice in our world. Today, that means taking a critical look at the injustice right in our own backyard. In celebration of Black History Month in the United States, we are doing a series of podcasts featuring a few exceptional individuals who are devoting their lives to making a difference for black people in Mississippi.

Debo Dykes and Donna Ladd, an American investigative journalist who is a co-founder of the Jackson Free Press and the upcoming nonprofit Mississippi Free Press, sit down with Representative Ronnie Crudup, Jr. of Hinds County’s House District 71 in Jackson, Mississippi, where Faith & Reason is based. Representative Crudup, a native of Jackson and an advocate of south Jackson, attended Murrah High School and received his bachelor's degree at Belhaven University, and now serves as a minister at New Horizon Ministries, which his father brought to south Jackson in 1990.

New Horizon Ministries focuses on helping people find housing in south Jackson, childcare/after-school programs, and youth sports and arts. Representative Ronnie Crudup talks about shifts that have happened along race and economic lines in the last twenty years in south Jackson, as well as the results and effects of those changes. Crudup also talks about the work that’s being done to restore Mississippi’s capital city through New Horizon Ministries, and explains how getting churches to work together can better the local community.

Every February since 1976, the United States has celebrated the achievements of African-Americans during Black History Month. The month-long celebration puts those accomplishments and milestones into focus through social media and in classrooms across the country. Most people are aware of the atrocities that have taken place in Mississippi over the past 250 years. This savagery and wickedness towards black Americans in Mississippi continues to this day.