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