Mississippi youth gather for Hip Hop Summit

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — Mississippi students, parents and others are gathered this weekend to seek better school opportunities and less focus on punitive discipline

The American Civil Liberties Union, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Children’s Defense Fund and Southern Poverty Law Center are hosting the annual Hip Hop Summit at Millsaps College.

Organizers want students to focus on lowering the state’s high school dropout rate, cutting teen pregnancy, lobbying officials to spend more money on schools and focus less on harsh discipline.

Nancy Kohsin-Kintigh, program director for the ACLU of Mississippi, says the meeting is meant to fight what organizers call the “school-to-prison” pipeline.

The meeting is scheduled to conclude Sunday with a march from Millsaps to the state Capitol.