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The Unheard Word

The Unheard Word

Join us in commemorating the 30th anniversary of The Unheard Word, a publication created for Black students at Southern Miss and circulated between fall 1990 and spring 1993. Dr. Riva Brown, founder of The Unheard Word, produced this project with the support of the Center for Black Studies and assistance from the Southern Miss Association of Black Journalists (SMABJ).

This project features Volume I (released in fall 2020) and Volume II (to be released in spring 2021). To comment, visit the Center for Black Studies on Facebook.


Have You Heard About
The Unheard Word?

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Riva Brown, Ph.D., ’93, ’98, ’13, was the founder, editor and publisher of The Unheard Word and the first Black executive editor of the Student Printz.

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SMABJ President
Reflects on Project

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Keisha Green, ’20, served as president of the Southern Miss Association of Black Journalists in fall 2020. 

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A Message from President Rodney D. Bennett

In recognition of The Unheard Word’s 30th anniversary, I want to thank each student–past, present, and future–who has worked to provide all voices with an opportunity to be heard.

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Video Feature

The Center for Black Studies


Support the Center for Black Studies

Dr. Sherita Johnson, director, and Dr. Cheryl Jenkins, ’95, ’97, associate director, discuss the Center for Black Studies. Learn more about the Center for Black Studies and its wide-ranging programming, research, teaching and service activities. 

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Center for Black Studies

118 College Dr. Box #5037
Hattiesburg, MS 39406


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Black Student Agenda

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Agenda for Black Students on
White College Campuses?

By Robert P. Taylor, Ed.D., ’90

This is a very complicated question and requires Black students to think deeply about the meaning of their existence at a white university and their purpose for being there.

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5 Survival Tactics for
Black Students at PWIs

By Michael Snowden, Ph.D., ’92, ’94,97

I am honored to provide insight into what Black students need as they navigate the landscape of predominantly white institutions (PWIs).

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A Message to Black Greeks  

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Robert P. Taylor, Ed.D., ’90, of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., explains the need for Black Greeks to provide student leadership.

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Music with a Message:
Then and Now

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Hip-hop journalist Carlton Wade takes a look at socially conscious rap of the past and woke rhythms of the present.

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Meet the Contributors

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Keisha Green, ’20

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  Sara LeJeune

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Lino Rodriguez

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Lillie Busch, ’20



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Koby Moore

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Earl Stoudemire



  • Keisha Green, ’20 is president of the Southern Miss Association of Black Journalists. She is a senior broadcast journalism major from Pearl, Mississippi. She's expected to graduate in December 2020. She plans to attend law school to focus on entertainment law. Keisha recorded voice-overs and coordinated the videographers, graphic artists and reporters for this project.
  • Sara LeJeune is a sports management graduate student from New Orleans, Louisiana. She's expected to graduate from Southern Miss in May 2022. She works as a Southern Miss graduate assistant with sports video. LeJeune edited the Center for Black Studies video for this project. In May 2020, she received her BA in Media Production from Southern Miss.
  • Lino Chrystofer Polo Rodriguez is a media and entertainment arts major from St. Martin, Mississippi. He's expected to graduate from Southern Miss in May 2022. His plans for after graduation are to continue creating logos, editing video and producing for radio. Lino created the Black Greeks and Black Student Agenda graphics for this project.
  • Lillie Busch, ’20, graduated from Southern Miss with a major in public relations and two minors in human rights and English. She works as a digital media project manager at Southern View Media on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Lillie created an Unheard Word graphic for this project. 
  • Koby Moore is a broadcast journalism major from Slidell, Louisiana. He is expected to graduate in May 2022. His future career plans include working at a radio station and making and producing content for film scripts or podcasts on various digital platforms. He contributed to the Center for Black Studies video for this project.

  • Earl Stoudemire is a senior broadcast journalism/Spanish double major from Clinton, Mississippi. He is expected to graduate in May 2021. After graduation, he plans to pursue reporting opportunities in larger metropolitan areas. He contributed to the Center for Black Studies video for this project.

  • Ivonne Kawas, assistant to the Dean for External Relations in the College of Arts and Sciences, served as digital marketing specialist for this project.