Black History Month: Congressman Bennie G. Thompson
#DidYouKnow: Tougaloo College Alumnus Bennie Thompson is the longest-serving African-American elected official in the State of Mississippi and the first African-American to chair the House Committee on Homeland Security.
He began his grassroots political activism being a civil rights champion through the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) while a student at Tougaloo College – a private historically black college in Jackson, Mississippi. He organized voter registration drives for African-Americans throughout the Mississippi Delta on behalf of the organization before graduating and following in the footsteps of his mother by becoming a school teacher. During his tenure educating the youth of Mississippi, a fire inside of Thompson was ignited pushing him to be a voice to the voiceless through elected office.