The Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and Democracy will recognize the founders of the Fannie Lou Hamer Institute during the 2017 Fannie Lou Hamer Humanitarian Awards Luncheon to be held Thursday, April 20, 2017. The honorees will receive the Fannie Lou Hamer Humanitarian Award in an 11:30 a.m. ceremony held in Ballrooms A & B of the New Student Union on the campus of Jackson State University.
The founding members of the Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and Democracy are a coalition of academics who promote civic engagement and popular sovereignty through the study of the struggle for civil rights in the United States.
To be honored are: Mr. Martin Bennett, Instructor Emeritus of American history at Santa Rosa Junior College where he has taught for twenty-five years; Dr. Michelle D. Deardorff, Professor and Department Head, Political Science & Public Service at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga; Dr. Jeffrey Kolnick, Professor of History at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minnesota; Dr. Leslie Burl McLemore, a veteran of the Southern Civil Rights Movement; and Dr. Thandekile Ruth Mason Mvusi, founder and CEO of the History Lesson Project,
In recognition of 20 years of service, The Fannie Lou Hamer Institute will also be recognized. Founded in 1997, the mission of the Hamer Institute is to promote positive social change by examining the tools and experiences of those who struggle to create, expand, and sustain civil rights, social justice, and citizenship. Named in honor of Fannie Lou Hamer, a Mississippi civil rights leader who was instrumental in forming the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, the Institute’s vision is to nurture a generation of young people engaged in and committed to discourse on civil rights, social justice, and citizenship.
The Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO invites you to support its 2017 Humanitarian Awards Luncheon by becoming an event sponsor by purchasing an advertisement to be included in the Special Edition Fannie Lou Hamer 20th Anniversary Souvenir Journal, or by purchasing tickets to attend this event. All proceeds from this event will be used to continue the Institute's vision.
For more information and to make online purchases, please visit: www.jsums.edu/HamerInstitute/HumanitarianAward
Or contact the Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO at 601-979-1563 or 601-979-4348 or email: COFO.Center@jsums.edu