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Vivian O'Neal | Miss Mississippi 2023

Merriam-Webster defines steadfastness as being immovable, firm in belief, and determined… Vivian O’Neal, a.k.a., Miss Mississippi 2023, embodies all the above. Not taking no for an answer, her win is the cherry-on-top of an impressive body of work that includes her non-profit, CapABLE, her work as an author, current and future projects and hailing from Hattiesburg. She is here to discuss all of that and more! 


Marshall Ramsey, a nationally recognized, Emmy award winning editorial cartoonist, shares his cartoons and travels the state as Mississippi Today's Editor-At-Large. He's also host of a "Now You're Talking" on MPB Think Radio and "Conversations" on MPB TV, 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.

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