Currently, the RECoP is 55% female and 64% black, with an average age of 45. Twenty organizations participate, including: 6 community nonprofits in Jackson, Philadelphia, Greenville, Grenada, and Sumner; 5 statewide nonprofits located in Jackson, Biloxi, and Indianola; 3 faith-based nonprofits rooted in the faith traditions of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity; 3 public universities (Jackson State University, The University of MS, and MS State University); 1 district educator with Jackson Public Schools; 1 national nonprofit (Southern Poverty Law Center); and 1 state agency (MS Department of Archives and History).
Place-based racial healing and listening sessions will take place in Sunflower County, McComb, and Philadelphia the first year and East Biloxi, Jackson and Tupelo in year 2. The following statistics, except where noted, were reported from the US Census Bureau State and County Quick Facts. In 2014, Sunflower County’s population was 27,496, with a racial composition of 73% black and 26% white. Residents under age 18 made up 24% of the population. The median household income was $26,619, and 36% of residents lived in poverty. The population of Natchez was 12,703 – 66% black and 31% white. Residents under age 18 in 2010 accounted for 28.6% of the population. The median household income was $29,798, and 26.5% of residents lived in poverty. The 2014 population estimate for Philadelphia is 7,402, with racial demographics of 47% black and 47% white. Residents under age 18 account for 28% of the population. The median household income in Philadelphia is $31,510, and 29% of residents live in poverty.
According to the 2010 Census, 6,300 residents lived in East Biloxi – 40% black, 39% white, 11% Asian, and 9% Hispanic. Households in East Biloxi earned about $31,652 a year in gross income, and 26% of households earned less than $15,000. (http://www.eastbiloxicc.org/about-us/socioeconomic-snapshot/ ) In 2014, the population for Jackson was 171,155 – 79% black and 18% white. Residents under age 18 accounted for 27% of the population. The median household income was $32,708, and 30% of residents lived in poverty. Tupelo’s population in 2014 was 35,688 – 37% black and 59% white. Residents under age 18 accounted for 27% of the population. The median household income in Tupelo was $41,702, and 22% of residents lived in poverty.