About The Organization

Council of Federated Organizations

Opened spring 2011 by Jackson State University, one of the missions of the COFO Civil Rights Education Center is to honor the past, deal with issues of the present, and offer hope for the future. Since its opening, the COFO Center has had the privilege of hosting visitors from Jackson, Seattle, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Washington, D.C., to name a few places.



The Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) was established in 1961 as an umbrella organization to unify and meet the needs of an increasing presence of civil rights organizations in Mississippi, including: Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), National Association for theAdvancement of Colored People (NAACP), and a host of local organizations. In 1963, COFO made 1017 John R. Lynch Street its home, and this office served as the state headquarters for theMississippi movement.  Making voter registration and education a top priority for the Mississippi movement, COFO was instrumental in organizing the 1963 Freedom Vote, the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and the 1964 Mississippi Summer Project.


Although we are committed to preserving the past, the COFO Center is committed to challenging and cultivating, inquiring young minds and fostering the development of future leaders and community builders.  Ultimately, it is our hope that our visitors, regardless of their background, are empowered through this enriching experience.