The organization’s name pays historic homage to the tragic incidents surrounding the murder of Emmett Louis Till in 1955 in the Mississippi Delta.  The Black Bayou Bridge is referenced as the location where the brutalized body of the 14- year-old youth was discarded and eventually surfaced in the Tallahatchie River.   It is through this and other similar heinous acts of civil and human rights violations, where we seek to use these experiences as teachable moments of truth, unity, and reconciliation and redirect positive energies to build and enhance communities.          

Project Affiliations (previous and present) 


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The Gourd of Wisdom Institute

Jus’ Blues Music Foundation

Justice for Girls (Anti Sex Trafficking)
Southern Christian Leadership Conference

The Intl. Museum of Muslim Cultures

​Little Black Pearl Art & Design Academy

The Black Bayou Bridge was built in 1916 in Glendora, Mississippi.  Though it is abandoned and out of use, it still stands.

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To meet the needs of underserved populations by developing and managing customized community programs; safeguarding historic and cultural legacies; infusing educational components; and bolstering civic and social responsibility.    

Cultural Heritage Management 

Black Bayou

Our History...

Black Bayou Cultural Heritage Management is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization organized in 2007.   Since our inception, our focus has been to address the multi-faceted concerns that plague communities and individuals with regard to cultural heritage management, training and development, environmental preservation, music and arts appreciation, and technical assistance.  Specifically, we desire to foster local and regional “teamships” that help us to develop and implement effective education, community and outreach programs.            


We specialize in the research, development, management, and evaluation of projects to assist individuals, families, local municipalities, agencies, and organizations.  We intend to improve the quality of life for children, youth, and adults in rural and urban “at-risk” communities. 

Brown Bread Media Project

Calvary Baptist Church Medical Missions
DeKalb County Dept. of Juvenile Justice
Delta Media Project 

Delta Research and Cultural Institute at
Mississippi Valley State University


Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation

Mississippi Valley State University

Nollie Jenkins Family Center

Randy Weston

The Soul Project

Villa Rana Retreat Center