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In this episode of Mississippi Stories, Mississippi Today Editor-at-Large and Cartoonist Marshall Ramsey continues his series of author interviews leading up to the Mississippi Book Festival on August 19, 2023 at the State Capitol.

This week’s book is Josiah’s Big Day by 2023 Miss Mississippi, Vivian O’Neal. Josiah’s Big Day, based on her brother, Josiah, is a book that teaches students and teachers acceptance of students with special needs. O’Neal, whose capABLE platform is an inclusion curriculum for kids with disabilities, talks about winning Miss Mississippi, her book, and how she is preparing for Miss America. 



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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.