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"Jackson State University to Hosts National Endowment for the Humanities

Summer Institute on Mississippi Civil Rights”

 

Through a competitive process, faculty from Jackson State University, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, Tougaloo College, and Southwest Minnesota State University, who make up the Fannie Lou Hamer Institute on Citizenship and Democracy, were awarded a grant supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities to conduct a summer institute on Mississippi Civil Rights.  The Endowment is a federal agency that, each summer, supports these enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities, and cultural institutions, so that faculty can work in collaboration and study with experts in humanities disciplines. The approximately 437 NEH Summer Scholars who participate in these programs of study will teach over 113,925 American students the following year

The NEH summer institute is entitled “Finding Mississippi in the National Civil Rights Narrative:  Struggle, Institution Building, and Power at the Local Level.”  The three-week program will be held at Jackson State University from June 8th-27th.                                               

The summer institute highlights the various narratives of the Civil Rights Movement, while bringing the Mississippi and national stories together.  To provide essential context, the institute will briefly survey the history of African Americans from slavery through the crucibles of the Civil War and Reconstruction and during the dark journey of Jim Crow. Key moments will be examined to clarify and explain why a massive and successful Movement for freedom emerged after 1954. Specifically, participants will explore in great depth the struggle for freedom in Mississippi while comparing it to significant events in other parts of the American South, creating an analysis that addresses the power of the older national narrative and integrating the newer one, which is based on community struggle.  The participants will engage in thought-provoking discussions and lectures led by veteran civil rights activists and scholars and travel to prominent historic sites, such as the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis and Fannie Lou Hamer’s home in Ruleville, Mississippi. By the end of the institute, which coincides with the weeklong celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer, summer scholars would have placed the local within the national narrative, providing new analytical tools for understanding the transformative impact of the Civil Rights Movement. 

The 25 college and university faculty selected to participate in the program each receive a stipend of $2700.00 to cover their travel, study, and living expenses. 

For more information, and to view summer participants, please visit: www.jsums.edu/HamerInstitute/neh-summer-institute

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Jackson State University Celebrates Black History

January 13th, 2014 by fannielou

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 month of 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."


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 Mr. Charles Cobb, Jr., author of:

On the Road to Freedom: A Guided Tour of the Civil Rights Trail


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”: 

Freedom Summer and the People That Made It Happen  


For more information, or to register for these events, visit: www.jsums.edu/HamerInstitute/BlackHistory2014

or contact the Hamer Institute @ COFO at (601) 979-1562601-979-4348 or email:hamer.institute@jsums.edu.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 6:00 p.m. at the COFO Civil Rights Education Center at 1017 John R. Lynch Street, The Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO and the Department of Political Science at Jackson State  University will host the 2nd Annual Isaiah Madison Memorial Symposium on Higher Education, "The 24 Year-old Odyssey of the Ayers Litigation: In Remembrance of Attorney Isaiah Madison."  This dialogue will concentrate on Madison’s  role in birthing the Ayers case and will highlight the major work he has done to elevate the poor and neglected in our society.  The symposium will be led by Dr. Mary D. Coleman, Professor of Global Studies and Political Science and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA.

Other special guest will include friends and family of Attorney Isaiah Madison.

Please join us on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 6:00 pm in the exhibit room of the COFO Civil Rights Education Center located at 1017 John R. Lynch Street, Jackson, MS.

Madison Symposium

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The JSU Campus Reading Community Presents

Black Greek 101: The Culture, Customs, and Challenges

of Black Fraternities and Sororities

The Jackson State University Campus Reading Community was launched in Fall 2010 here at Jackson State University. Its vision is to inspire reading throughout the JSU campus and the surrounding community.  Having discussed books such as “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community” by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr , “The Souls of Black Folk” by W.E.B. DuBois, “Lynch Street” by Tim Spofford, and “Medgar Evers: Mississippi Martyr” by Michael V. Williams,  this Reading Community has been a way to stimulate the intellectual discourse on the campus and surrounding communities.

Please join us tonight,  Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 6:00 PM in the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology, Auditorium, Jackson State University.

In this session of the 2013-2014 academic year, The JSU Campus Reading Community will discuss the book, Black Greek 101: The Culture, Customs and Challenges of Black Fraternities and Sororities by Walter M. Kimbrough

Black Greek 101 analyzes the customs, culture, and challenges facing historically Black fraternal organizations. The text provides a history of Black Greek organizations beyond the nine major organizations, examining the pledging practice, the growth of fraternalism outside of the mainstream organizations, the vivid culture and practices of the groups, and challenges for the future.

Special guests include:

Mr. William Harkless, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Ms. Lynda Hasberry, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

Ms. Nicole Denise Lewis, JSU NPHC President 2013-2014, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Dr. David Marion, Regional Director, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Dr. Rosie Pridgen, Regional and National Committee member, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Mr. Walter Tabb, Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.

 

For more information or if you have any questions regarding the Series, please feel free to contact us at 601-979-1562 or 601-979-4348 or email: Hamer.Institute@jsums.edu.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS FREE EVENT

 

Black Greek 101

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Medgar Evers/ Ella Baker Civil Rights Lecture Series
 
Aaron Henry & the Mississippi Project
Jackson State University
The Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO
1017 John R. Lynch Street, Jackson, MS
 

The Medgar Evers/ Ella Baker Civil Rights Lecture Series is one of many cooperative projects between the Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and Democracy and other institutions for social justice that provides public discussion on historical and contemporary civil rights issues.  This series honors two icons of the Civil Rights Movement, Medgar Evers and Ella Baker who were pioneers in bringing about remarkable change in Mississippi. They were pioneers in effectuating change not only in Mississippi, but across the nation. 

The second installment of the 2013-2014 Medgar Evers/ Ella Baker Civil Rights Lecture Series “Aaron Henry and the Mississippi Project”—will be held Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.

A central figure in the Mississippi Freedom Struggle from the 1950’s, Aaron Henry was a civil rights icon, community leader, business man and State Legislator. In 1959, he was elected State President of the NAACP, a position he held for 36 years. In 1962, Henry was one of the founders of the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) which was established to serve as the coordinating unit for the major civil rights organizations in Mississippi.  Henry was by far one of the most ecumenical of the major civil rights leaders in Mississippi. Aaron Henry was chair of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party Delegation to the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City in 1964. Henry, along with Fannie Lou Hamer and others testified before the Credentials Committee of the National Convention.

This discussion will explore how this outspoken leader helped create the challenge that changed the fabric of Mississippi history and American democracy.  

Special guests include: Mr. Derrick Johnson, President, Mississippi NAACP State Conference; Rev. Ed King, MFDP National Committee and Freedom Vote Candidate,  Dr. K.C. Morrison, Chair of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, and Senior Associate in African American Studies at Mississippi State University;  and more….

For more information or if you have any questions regarding the Series, please feel free to contact us at 601-979-1562 or 601-979-1563 or reply by email.

 

 
 
For more  information or if you have any questions regarding the Series, please feel free to contact us at 601-979-1562 or 601-979-4348 

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The Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO
Presents
the 30th Annual Fannie Lou Hamer Memorial Symposium:
“The Children’s Crusade, 1963-2013:
From Youth Activism to Youth Advocacy”
 
In 1963, the nation and the world watched as children across the American South made history in the struggle for civil rights.  From Jackson, Mississippi, to Birmingham, Alabama, children joined a cause that ultimately benefited future generations of young people.  Their efforts in the fight for equality became their badge of honor.  Fifty years later, the children’s crusade has taken on new life as advocates confront issues, from quality education to incarceration, affecting America’s young people. 
 
Come and be a part of this years’ symposium: “The Children’s Crusade, 1963-2013: From Youth Activism to Youth Advocacy” and bear witness to the testimonies of young people, then and now.
 
WHEN:
 Wednesday, October 2, 2013; 6:00 p.m.
  • (Gallery 1, 1100 John R. Lynch Street, Suite 4, Jackson Mississippi)
  • Reception to follow
Thursday, October 3, 2012; 10:00 a.m. – 3:50 p.m.
10:00 AM – Keynote Address
1:00 PM – Session II – Remembering the 1963 Jackson Children's March
2:30 PM – Session III – Youth Activism & Youth Advocacy in the 21st Century 
 
WHERE: Dollye M.E. Robinson Liberal Arts Building, Room 166/266, Jackson State University
 
special guests:
Mrs. Frankye Adams – Johnson, Veteran of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement; Ms. Natalie Collier, ‎Regional Youth Director at Children's Defense Fund; Ms. Noel Didla, Instructor of English, Jackson State University; Mr. Jed Oppenheim, Senior Advocate, Mississippi Initiatives, Southern Poverty Law Center; Mr. George Chuck Patterson, Institute for Democratic Education in America; Mr. Albert Sykes, Director of Advocacy and Policy for the Young People’s Project (YPP) and more…
 
For more information, please contact The Hamer Institute at (601) 979-1562,
601-979-1563 or email: hamer.institute@jsums.edu.
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Jackson State University Reading Community Presents

Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America

 The Campus Reading Community was launched in Fall 2010 here at Jackson State University. Its vision is to inspire reading throughout the JSU campus and the surrounding community.  Having discussed books such as “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community” by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr , “The Souls of Black Folk” by W.E.B. DuBois, “Lynch Street” by Tim Spofford, and Medgar Evers: Mississippi Martyr by Michael Vinson Williams,  this Reading Community has been a way to stimulate the intellectual discourse on the campus and local community.

Beginning in October, the 2013-2014 Campus Reading Community will begin a new academic year with new discussions on the campus of Jackson State.

 The first discussion will be on the book: 

Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America 

by Tricia Rose

 

From its beginnings in hip hop culture, the dense rhythms and aggressive lyrics of rap music have made it a provocative fixture on the American cultural landscape. In Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America, Tricia Rose, described by the New York Times as a "hip hop theorist," takes a comprehensive look at the lyrics, music, cultures, themes, and styles of this highly rhythmic, rhymed storytelling and grapples with the most salient issues and debates that surround it. 

Professor of Africana Studies at Brown University, Tricia Rose sorts through rap's multiple voices by exploring its underlying urban cultural politics and discusses rap as a unique musical form in which traditional African-based oral traditions fuse with cutting-edge music technologies. Next she takes up rap's racial politics, its sharp criticisms of the police and the government, and the responses of those institutions. Rose observes, rap music remains a vibrant force with its own aesthetic, "a noisy and powerful element of contemporary American popular culture which continues to draw a great deal of attention to itself."

 

Special Guests Include:

Jason “PyInfamous” Thompson

Brad “Kamikaze” Franklin

DJ George “Chuck” Patterson

Shawn Hughes, Actor/Musician

 Music and Performance will be provided at 5:30 pm by

Authentic”

Please join us in this important discussion on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. for the first installment of the 2013-2014 JSU Reading Community at Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO,  1017 John R. Lynch Street, Jackson, Mississippi on the campus of Jackson State University.

 
For more information or if you have any questions regarding the Series, please feel free to contact us at 601-979-1562 or 601-979-1563 or reply by email.


 

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Medgar Evers/Ella Baker Civil Rights Lecture Series

The Outcomes of Black Males in Urban Institutions:

A National Catastrophe or Local Concern? – PART II

The Medgar Evers/ Ella Baker Civil Rights Lecture Series is one of many cooperative projects between the Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and Democracy and other institutions for social justice that provide public discussions on historical and contemporary civil rights issues.  This series honors two icons of the Civil Rights Movement, Medgar Evers and Ella Baker who were pioneers in bringing about remarkable change in Mississippi. They were pioneers in effectuating change not only in Mississippi, but across the nation.

Black males continue to perform lower than their peers throughout the country on almost every indicator,” says the groundbreaking report titled A Call for Change:  The Social and Educational Factors Contributing to the Outcomes of Black Males in Urban Schools. This report focused on areas of readiness to learn, black male achievement at the national level, college and career preparedness, post secondary experience and more.

It’s not that young black men don’t have role models in their communities; they often do. The problem is that many times the people mentoring young people aren’t always positive role models, Dr. Rodney Washington, chairman of the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education at Jackson State University, explained..

On Thursday, September 12, 2013, scholars and community leaders will hold the second intergenerational dialogue  regarding young black males and the factors affecting their status on college campuses, including their disproportionate underrepresentation and corresponding ‘invisibility’ in the campus community. This “PART II” discussion kick-off the first lecture of the Medgar Evers/ Ella Baker Civil Rights Series for the 2013-2014 academic year.

The report stresses “This is a national catastrophe, and it deserves coordinated national attention.”  How can our local communities raise the standards of achievement?

Panel members include:

Moderator: Dr. Rodney Washington, Chair and Associate Professor, Elementary and Early Childhood, Jackson State University

Dr. Derrick Brooms, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Louisville

Dr. Phillip Cockrell, Associate Vice President for Student Life/ Dean of Students, Jackson State University

Mr. George Cole, Consultant, Safe and Orderly Schools

Mr. Donn Lewis, President, 100 Black Men of Jackson

Dr. Ingrad Smith, Interim Chair/ Associate Professor,  Educational Leadership, College of Education and Human Development, Jackson State University

They will explore and discuss the role of community in addressing the issue of the Black male disproportional decline on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at Jackson State University, Dollye M.E. Robinson Liberal Arts Building, Room 166/266 at 11:30 am.

FREE

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If you need any additional information, please contact The Hamer Institute at

(601) 979-1562, 601-979-1563 or email: hamer.institute@jsums.edu.

Black Male

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