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”
· 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)
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; 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.