Jackson, Mississippi- Jackson State University, the Institute for Social Justice & Race Relations at the COFO Civil Rights Education Center, The Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO, the Department of History & Philosophy, Department of Political Science, and the College of Liberal Arts will celebrate black history, culture and civic engagement during a four event series that will take place during the months of January and February.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 6:00 p.m. at the COFO Civil Rights Education Center at 1017 John R. Lynch Street, the Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO will host “An Evening with Representative Robert G. Clark, Jr. and Dr. John A. Peoples, Jr.” The paths of Representative Clark and Dr. Peoples crossed in 1948 on the campus of Jackson State College. What bound them was their commonality as scholar athletes and student leaders. Representative Robert G. Clark, Jr. was the first Jackson State Student to be awarded a track scholarship and Dr. John A. Peoples, Jr. was on the track team and played split end on the football team. These two distinguished Jackson State graduates went on to achieve a number of firsts in their long careers. Clark and Peoples will discuss their careers and the impact Jackson State had on their lives. They will also discuss their current interests and the future of higher education and politics in Mississippi.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 6:00 p.m. at the COFO Civil Rights Education Center at 1017 John R. Lynch Street, The JSU Reading Community will engage in conversations with Charles E. Cobb, Jr., author of On the Road to Freedom: A Guided Tour of the Civil Rights Trail.
This in-depth look at the civil rights movement goes to the places where pioneers of the movement marched, sat-in at lunch counters, gathered in churches; where they spoke, taught, and organized; where they were arrested, where they lost their lives, and where they triumphed. Award-winning journalist Charles E. Cobb Jr., a former organizer and field secretary for SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee), knows the journey intimately. He guides us through Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee, back to the real grassroots of the movement. He pays tribute not only to the men and women etched into our national memory but to local people whose seemingly small contributions made an impact. We go inside the organizations that framed the movement, travel on the "Freedom Rides" of 1961, and hear first-person accounts about the events that inspired Brown vs. Board of Education. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend.
Thursday, February 20, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., in the Dollye M.E. Robinson Liberal Arts Building, Room 166/266, Jackson State University, the Institute for Social Justice & Race Relations at the COFO Civil Rights Education Center, and the Department of History & Philosophy present the 2nd Annual “Black History Makers” Forum: Freedom Summer and the People That Made It Happen. This 2nd Annual Series is dedicated to the 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer. On the summer of 1964, the Council of Federated Organizations organized a massive statewide campaign to get black Mississippians the right to vote. The Mississippi Summer Project included voter registration, the creation of Freedom Schools, community centers, and outreach initiatives in white communities. That summer thousands of young people and other professionals from all over the country converged on Mississippi to help bring about change. This second annual forum will explore the impact of the 1964 Freedom Summer movement and pay tribute to the people who made it happen.
Other invited guests include: Dr. Michael Vinson Williams, Dean of the Division of Social Sciences, Holder of the Bennie G. Thompson Endowed Chair in the Social Sciences, Associate Professor of History at Tougaloo College, and author of Medgar Evers: Mississippi Martyr; Dr. Mario J. Azevedo, Chair of the Department of History & Philosophy at Jackson State University; and Noel Didla, Instructor in the Department of English & Modern Foreign Languages at Jackson State University. Other program highlights include presentation of papers from Jackson State University, Rust College, and Tougaloo College students. Also, the event features a community dialogue led by Freedom Summer Coordinators from across the State of Mississippi. This event will be held in the Dollye M.E. Robinson Liberal Arts Building, Room 166/266 at Jackson State University.