James Meredith, ‘Help’ author set for Natchez literary event

James Meredith, left, who integrated the University of Mississippi when he was admitted to the university on Oct. 1, 1962, discusses the events on that day as current Chancellor Robert Khayat looks on at the Lyceum building on campus Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2002, in University, Miss. (AP Photo/Oxford Eagle, Bruce Newman)       Keyword College Desegregation History
James Meredith, left, who integrated the University of Mississippi when he was admitted to the university on Oct. 1, 1962, discusses the events on that day as current Chancellor Robert Khayat looks on at the Lyceum building on campus Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2002, in University, Miss. (AP Photo/Oxford Eagle, Bruce Newman) Keyword College Desegregation History

Authors from around the South will gather Feb. 20-23 for the Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration in Natchez, Miss.

This year’s theme is “60 Years and Counting: Voices of the Civil Rights Movement.”

Writers slated to attend include James Meredith, author of “A Mission from God,” known for integrating the University of Mississippi; Kathryn Stockett, author of “The Help,” and screenwriter and director Tate Taylor, who worked on the movie; novelist Greg Iles; a pair of Pulitzer Prize nominees in Jerry Mitchell from The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss., and Stanley Nelson of The Concordia Sentinel in Ferriday; and Jerry W. Ward, formerly of Tougaloo College and Dillard University, now a professor in China and known for his poetry about civil rights.

The festival will also feature showings of “The Toughest Job: William Winter’s Mississippi,” “The Help” and “Saluting the Silver Anniversary of the NLCC, 1990-2014.”

Also on the schedule are book signings, musical performances, an open house at the Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture and more. Call (866) 296-6522, visit colin.edu/nlcc or email nlcc@colin.edu.