The Mississippi legislature yesterday passed a bill to fund community-based services for juvenile offenders and reform the state's juvenile justice system.

Jeff Sapp, a Teaching Tolerance curriculum specialist and writer, presented the Center's award-winning education kit, One Survivor Remembers, to an education conference March 9 in Las Vegas. The kit tells the story of Holocaust survivor Gerda Weissmann Klein.

The Southern Poverty Law Center's newest initiative, Esperanza, is tackling the widespread problem of sexual abuse and harassment in the workplace and giving immigrant women new hope.

On Friday, two representatives of the Center's Immigrant Justice Project (IJP) were in Washington, D.C., to advocate for the rights of exploited post-Katrina workers on two fronts.

Two separate European groups recently visited the Southern Poverty Law Center for insight on contemporary civil rights issues in the United States.

Prominent civil rights activist Diane Nash, whose leadership spurred the sit-in movement and helped create the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in the early 1960s, said yesterday the Civil Rights Movement left a legacy for today: Ordinary people can bring about social change.

About 100 men, women and children gathered on the Capitol steps Sunday to mark the seventh anniversary of the death of Billy Jack Gaither and to rally for gay rights.

Steve Messer, a history professor at Taylor University, made the 10-hour drive from Upland, Ind., to the Civil Rights Memorial Center four times recently, with two more trips scheduled later this month.

Southern Poverty Law Center founders Morris Dees and Joe Levin were recognized recently for the work of the SPLC when the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) gave them its 2005 Margaret Chase Smith American Democracy Award.

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Taylor Branch emphasized the importance of making civil rights history pertinent for today's youth when he spoke at the Civil Rights Memorial Center (CRMC) here on Saturday.