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Legendary television anchor Howard Ballou joins Editor-at-Large Marshall Ramsey for this week’s episode of Mississippi Stories. Ballou has been a fixture on Mississippi TVs for over three decades. But today, the WLBT anchor talks about his mother Maude Ballou, who was Martin Luther King, Jr.’s friend and personal secretary in Montgomery, Alabama. Howard tells stories of his mother’s time working with King, her bravery and his memories of the Civil Rights movement. 



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Marshall Ramsey, a nationally recognized editorial cartoonist, shares his cartoons and travels the state as Mississippi Today’s Editor-At-Large. He’s also host of a weekly statewide radio program and a television program on Mississippi Public Broadcasting and is the author of several books. Marshall is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and a 2019 recipient of the University of Tennessee Alumni Professional Achievement Award.