The Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO

Welcome to the Hamer Institute

The Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO (Council of Federated Organizations) is a human and civil rights interdisciplinary education center. This institute is responsible for keeping the memory and energy of the movement alive through public exhibitions, educational programs, and community outreach primarily in central Mississippi.  We are located on the campus of Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi, in the historic Lynch Street Corridor district, once a beehive of activity for the Mississippi civil rights movement.  The building is on the national register of historic places and beginning in 1963 housed the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO), the umbrella organization for civil rights organizations working in Mississippi during the mid 1960s.  COFO’s headquarters were located at 1017 J.R. Lynch Street and served as the main office for the Mississippi Movement from 1963 to 1965.  The COFO Civil Rights Education Center opened in 2011 in the same building that housed the original COFO umbrella organization.  Since its opening, the Center has spearheaded a number of community outreach programs involving youth, presented exhibitions, and conducted dozens of educational tours to local Mississippians, as well as national and international visitors.  In an effort to expand its reach and secure a permanent home, the Fannie Lou Hamer Institute merged with the COFO Civil Rights Education Center on the campus of Jackson State University in the fall of 2013.


FLH Memorial Symposium

The Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO

Presents the 31st  Annual Fannie Lou Hamer Memorial Symposium:

“Remembering the Testimony at the Credentials Committee:

A Testimony of Faith, Freedom and First Class Citizenship”

 

In 1964 Fannie Lou Hamer testified before the Democratic Party’s Credentials Committee about the suffering of African-Americans and those willing to help fight for a true democracy in America that would allow everyone the right to vote.  As a founding member of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, Mrs. Hamer was the spokeswoman for the movement and paid a heavy price for her activism.  Fast forward fifty years later and there continues to be unfair discriminatory practices and ill-warranted treatment of African-Americans, particularly young black men.  In honor of Mrs. Hamer, this symposium seeks to uncover the often times overlooked plight of urban youth in their relationship to law enforcement and the criminal justice system and bring forth solutions to the growing rates of imprisonment and violence in our communities.

 

Come and be a part of this years’ symposium: “Remembering the Testimony at the Credentials Committee: A Testimony of Faith, Freedom and First Class Citizenship”

 WHEN:

Thursday, October 9, 2014; 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  • 11:30 AM – Session I - The Criminalization of Urban Youth in America: Why Ferguson?  Why now?
  • 1:00 PM – Session II- Know Your Constitutional Rights

 

WHERE: The Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO, 1017 John R. Lynch Street, Jackson, MS 39217 (at the corner of John R. Lynch Street and Rose Street)

special guests:

David A. Rembert, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology, College of Liberal Arts, Jackson State University; William H. Hanson, J.D., Department Chair, Administration of Justice, Co-Director, Law and Democracy Program, Chabot College; Kevin Lavine, Hinds County Deputy Commander,  Instructor,  Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology, Jackson State University; Constance Gordon, Youth Advocacy Coordinator, ACLU, Mississippi; Rhonda C. Cooper, J.D., Clinical Assistant Professor and Pre-Law Advisor, Department of Political Science, Jackson State University; and Tawanda Martin – Fisher, Next Level Faith Ministry, CEO of Magnolia Peach, INC. 

 

For more information, please contact The Hamer Institute at (601) 979-1562,

601-979-1563 or email: hamer.institute@jsums.edu.