"We Cannot Walk Alone:" Images and History of the African-American Community.
Lafayette County, Mississippi. An "Open Doors Exhibition." April through August 2003.



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North Mississippi Rural Legal Services
Written by Mrs. Susie Marshall

"The North Mississippi Rural Legal Services, originally called Lafayette County Legal Services, was founded in 1966 to offer competent legal services to the poor and as a training program for University of Mississippi law students. It was funded through the Office of Economic Opportunity, Law School Dean Joshua Morse, Assistant Dean Parham Williams, local African-Americans Linder Burt, Annie Lee Burt, and Mary Gordon were instrumental in its establishment. In 1976, NMRLS became incorporated as an independent non-profit agency under the National Legal Services Corporation and in 1978 NMRLS cut its ties with the Ole Miss Law School. Today the agency covers thirty-nine counties in Mississippi.

NMRLS has worked on a wide variety of problems of the poor, including health, housing, elections, utilities, and education."

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