“…research shows a direct correlation to parent educational levels and a student’s achievement. Educated parents are more focused on being the “first teachers” for their children, which is critical since 90 percent of brain development in children occurs before the age of 3.”
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Almost 49 percent of African American children in Mississippi are poor, or live on an income of 20 thousand dollars a year or less for a family of four. “The last census data indicates that we’re having more and more children actually, more children than in any time in our history in poverty. And more families are sinking into the level of poverty every day,” said Oleta Garrett Fitzgerald, Director of the Children’s Defense Fund’s Southern Regional Office.
Click here to view a clip from the Medgar Evers, Ella Baker Civil Rights lecture series with the Jackson State Fannie Lou Hamer Institute.