Patrick Weems

Patrick Weems

Activist

  • Culture of memory, Postcolonial art production

  • Sumner (United States of America)

Patrick Weems is a community builder, social entrepreneur, and philanthropy leader based in Sumner, MS. With more than 10 years of experience in racial justice and restorative justice work, Weems is leading transformational change that will last through the generations. A graduate of the University of Mississippi, Weems holds a master’s degree from the Center for the Study of Southern Culture. He was recently awarded a Fellowship from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

He co-founded the Summer Youth Institute, an experiential learning youth program for the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation. He also co-founded and serves as director of the Emmett Till Interpretive Center, which uses art and storytelling to share the Emmett Till tragedy, facilitate racial healing and point us toward a new future. In his current work, Weems was tasked with developing a historic site by highlighting the connection of the community of Money, Mississippi, to the story of Emmett Till, a 14-year old boy who was kidnapped and horrifically murdered in 1955 and whose death and memory catalyzed the modern Civil Rights Movement.

Contributions by Patrick Weems