From Millsaps College

An anonymous donor couple has established a $100,000 endowment in honor of Elise and William Winter to benefit Millsaps College public forums. The Elise and William Winter Speaker Series honors the spirit and determination of Elise and William Winter in their decades-long fight for a better Mississippi. The endowment, held at the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson, will help ensure that Millsaps can continue and expand opportunities for students, Jackson citizens, community leaders, and others to discuss together matters of public significance.

The gift was made following a much-celebrated forum held at Millsaps in November, 2012, commemorating the 30th anniversary of the historic Mississippi Education Reform Act of 1982. Entitled “Celebrating Education Reform: Thirty Years Later,” the Forum included former Governor William Winter; members of his staff known collectively as the “Boys of Spring,” including Dick Molpus of Jackson, John Henegan of Jackson, David Crews of Oxford, and Andy Mullins of Oxford; and Charles Overby, The Clarion-Ledger editor whose work covering the Act resulted in a Pulitzer Prize for the newspaper.


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