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African American Studies
University of Mississippi

Hope Owens-Wilson

Hope Owens-Wilson 

Hometown: Jackson, MS
BA in African American Studies (2014)
Minor in Theatre Arts
LinkedIn Profile 

Hope’s emphasis in the African-American Studies major was Social and Political Systems, and she wrote a thesis on the reasons why and how Black women persist at predominantly white educational institutions. She also interned with the UM William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation, where she facilitated restorative dialogue circles in communities with racially traumatic histories and helped high school students develop community improvement plans. 

After graduation, she worked as an educator in Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee Film as Youth Education Coordinator, and a Youth Organizer for the ACLU of Wisconsin. She used that time to explore her passion for film, black studies and the arts through her relationship with the Oriental Theatre and Milwaukee Film.     

Why study African American Studies?
“Growing up in Mississippi I was nurtured on the legacy of Civil Rights movement leaders such as Medgar Evers and Fannie Lou Hamer. Their work and my first-hand experiences with the dearth of resources available to people in Mississippi pushed me to fight for equitable access to critical services and opportunities to ensure positive outcomes for folks in Mississippi.”