Yazooans won’t have to look for something to do this weekend with several holiday celebrations on tap.
On Friday night the city of Yazoo is hosting “Cool Jams on a Hot Night” at the Wardell Leach Recreational Complex.
Musical performances by Henry Rhodes and the Mo Money Band, The Chill and DJ Lock Em Down begin at 7 p.m.
Saturday begins with a parade and ends with a huge fireworks display.
A class reunion parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Main Street.
Many classes from over the years are expected to participate.
Kids Fun Day
Dream Catchers Inc. is hosting its second annual Kids Fun Day at 10 a.m. at the Wardell Leach Recreational Complex.
The free event includes a talent show and many fun activities.
At 7 p.m. at the Wardell Leach Recreational Complex there will be music from the House of Cards Band and DJ Hook. There will also be a large fireworks show.
The Yazoo Hometowners Club has a big weekend planned with many Yazoo natives returning home for a reunion.
There will be a meet and greet reception Friday at 3 p.m. at the Primo Special Event Center on 12th Street. A recognition banquet will be held Saturday at McCoy Elementary at 6 p.m. Tickets are $50 each.
On Sunday at 3 p.m. there will be a farewell picnic at the Mt. Zion Multipurpose Center.
David Rae Morris will show his documentary film “Yazoo Revisited: Integration and Segregation in a Deep Southern Town” in the auditorium of the Triangle Cultural Center in Yazoo City Friday and Saturday July 3 and 4 at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. in conjunct with activities planned for Yazoo Days.
Admission will be $5.
“Yazoo Revisited” examines the history of race relations and the 1970 integration of the public schools in Yazoo City, Mississippi, the hometown of the late author Willie Morris, the filmmaker’s father. Unlike many districts, where white families fled the public schools for newly formed private academies, the integration of the public schools in Yazoo City were considered by many to be a model of success for many years.
The elder Morris graduated from Yazoo City High School in 1952, and attended the University of Texas. After a Rhodes Scholarship he ended up in New York City and in 1967 was named the youngest editor-in-chief of Harpers. He wrote extensively about growing up as a young white man in Mississippi in the 1940s and 1950s. His 1967 memoir, North Toward Home, as well as his 1971 book, Yazoo: Integration in a Deep Southern Town, based on his coverage of the desegregation of the schools in his hometown, are both still in print. He went on to write The Courting of Marcus Dupree (1983), New York Days (1993), and My Dog Skip (1995).
David Rae Morris is a photographer and filmmaker based in New Orleans and Athens, Ohio. His photographs are in many private and public collections. His first film, “Drawing on a Dream,” (with Susan Liles) won third place at the 2013 Elgin, Illinois Short Film Festival. His second film, “Integrating Ole Miss: James Meredith and Beyond,” was shown on Mississippi Public Broadcasting and won a Telly Award and a Special Recognition Award from the Mississippi Humanities Council. “Yazoo Revisited” has previous shown at the Clarksdale Film Festival in January, the Oxford Film Festival in February, and the Crossroads Film Festival in April, where is was won the “Most Transformative Film” awards.