Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. in Southern Studies

First Advisor

Andy Harper

Second Advisor

W. Ralph Eubanks

Third Advisor

John Rash


University of Mississippi

Relational Format



My thesis for the MFA is a documentary film entitled No Peace in the Valley, the story of the protests at Mississippi Valley State in February 1970 and the subsequent mass arrest of almost half the student population of the historically black college in Itta Bena, Mississippi. This paper briefly discusses the approach taken in my documentary, an approach that sought to give voice in the telling of the story of the events of 1970 at the historically black college in the Delta of Mississippi to individuals who were there and played an active role as the event unfolded. The film explores the complex motivations that drove students to demonstrate against their college administration and places the events at Mississippi Valley State in the larger context of student protests in 1970 that culminated in the shootings at Jackson State and Kent State.



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