Hamer Institute @ COFO Program and Event Survey

April 10th, 2015 by fannielou

Dear friends of the Hamer Institute @ COFO: 

Please take the time to complete the following survey regarding your most recent visit to the Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO. 

Feedback on your experience is a vital part of ensuring that the programs and events hosted by our institute is as effective as possible.  Please click the link below and share your thoughts on the various aspects of our programming and/or events.  

Remember, your feedback is extremely valuable, so please let us know what you really think.    

Follow this link to the Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO Program/ Event Survey:  https://qtrial2015az1.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_062OnSKlXgoiJuJ

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An Evening with Judge Carlton Reeves

April 2nd, 2015 by fannielou

In response to the continuing denial of the right to vote and the shooting death of local protestor Jimmy Lee Jackson in February, 1965, citizens from Dallas County, Alabama and SNCC and SCLC activists scheduled a protest march from Selma to Montgomery for March 7th. On Sunday, March 7, 1965, as protesters crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge, they were met with resistance and blocked by Alabama State troopers and local police. The protesters were ordered to turn around; when they refused, they were met with teargas and beaten savagely and violently. Because of the televised brutality, the day was referred to as “Bloody Sunday.” Although President Lyndon Johnson had signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 just months before, the ultimate march from Selma to Montgomery on March 21st was instrumental in the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The 50th Commemoration of the march in Selma Alabama provided the impetus to host an evening with Judge Carlton Reeves on Tuesday, April 7th, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO. During this evening, Judge Carlton Reeves will engage the community in a dialogue regarding the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and his recent sentencing of the defendants responsible for the death of James Anderson in 2011. In conjunction with Judge Reeves' comments, there will also be a panel of students to discuss the College of Liberal Arts sojourn to Birmingham in 2013 through this year's travel to Selma, Alabama. 

Judge Carlton Reeves

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Join us Tuesday, March 24, 2015, for the second in a three-part series, 

Murder, Mayhem, and Lynching: Constructing Race, Class, and Gender in America

with Dr. Deborah H. Barnes, Associate Professor of English at Jackson State University. 

This event will begin at 6 p.m. at the Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO

located at 1017 John R. Lynch Street on the JSU Campus.

The Furrow of His Brow: The Lost History of Black Lynch Mobs

In this discussion, Dr. Barnes will explore little known lore about African American lynch mobs, which, like their white counterparts, were committed to keeping the peace, insuring communal protection, and establishing standards for acceptable behavior.


The final lecture will be held on: Tuesday, March 31, 2015; 6 p.m., at Gallery1

Written in Blood: Discourses of Lynching
Lynching culture and racial violence were normalized and spread through newspaper coverage, published accounts, photographs, ballads, art and memorabilia.

The first discussion was held on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at the Margaret Walker Center. Titled, The Noose and Pyre: Lynching and Racial Violence as Social Control, Dr. Barnes took a new look at lynching culture and practice during the nadir of American race relations. Barnes further examined the strategic use of racial violence against people of color as a means to construct “whiteness.”

These events are free and open to the public.

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