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Film Focuses on SNJM Partnership With Jonestown, MS

A documentary about the successful partnership between the residents of Jonestown, MS, Teresa Shields, SNJM and the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary has premiered on Mississippi Public Broadcasting. The film, “Enriching Destiny,” is the second part of a documentary series produced by the True Delta Project.

Originally aired on Monday, Dec. 12, the documentary is now available to watch on Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s website. Award-winning Delta Blues musician James “Super Chikan” Johnson provided the film’s soundtrack.

“Enriching Destiny” shows how Jonestown residents and the Sisters worked together to build the Jonestown Family Center for Education and Wellness to bring education and health opportunities to their community. Over a period of more than three decades, the project grew to include a health and fitness club, Montessori pre-school, after-school enrichment and parent education, among other programs.

Sr. Teresa moved to the Delta full-time in 1984. Soon after, she was joined by Kay Burton, SNJM, who also became a strong and positive force for change in the community’s well-being. Earlier this year, Delta native Stan Lang became director of the Jonestown Family Center upon Sr. Teresa’s retirement.

“Enriching Destiny” is the second film MPB TV is airing from the True Delta Project, a series of documentaries produced by Erickson S. Blakney and directed by Dr. Lee Quinby.

You can view the documentary here: http://www.mpbonline.org/enrichingdestiny