About The Center

When the Mississippi Center for Justice opened its doors in 2003, it did so with direction from its board to attack a laundry list of policies that keep Mississippi at the bottom of nearly every indicator of human well being.  It would require untangling well-entrenched policies that seemed perfectly designed to deny poor and African-American Mississippians access to meaningful opportunity to advance themselves.

Today, progress is being made. As a home-grown public interest law firm, the Center is advancing racial and economic justice through an approach that combines legal services with policy advocacy, community education and media advocacy.  The Center partners with national, regional and community organizations and volunteers to develop and implement campaigns that are creating better futures for low-wealth Mississippians and communities of color in the areas of educational opportunity, financial security, access to healthcare, public benefits and affordable housing and community development.