The Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO
The Institute for Social Justice and Race Relations
Mukasa Dada (aka Willie Ricks)
Summer Youth Workshop: The Pivotal Role of Young People
The 50th Commemoration of the March Against Fear and the Call for Black Power
The rallying cry for the Black Power movement took place in the context of the Mississippi southern civil rights struggle of the mid 1960s. James Meredith set out to march from the Mississippi-Tennessee state line to Jackson, Mississippi. Meredith wanted to demonstrate, in 1966, that Mississippi was a changed state, and that it was safe for a Black man to walk the highways and byways of his native state without being harassed or killed. On the next day, Mr. Meredith was shot outside of Hernando, Mississippi, in DeSoto County. This self-proclaimed “walk against fear” contributed to the development of “Black Power” in Mississippi.
During the 2016 Summer Youth Workshop: The Pivotal Role of Young People, not only will participants be introduced to a mantra that helped to move the Mississippi freedom struggle forward, but the mantra will be presented by one of the originators, Mukasa Dada (aka Mr. Willie Ricks). This session will be held on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 10:45 am.
Later that evening, Mukasa Dada will join a panel to discuss The Evolution of the March Against Fear and the Black Power Freedom Struggle. This inter-generational dialogue will take place at the Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO located at 1017 John R. Lynch Street, Jackson, Mississippi, 39217 at 6:00 pm
The evening event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Refreshments will be served.
For a complete schedule of events including invited guests and contact information for more commemorative events, please visit: www.jsums.edu/HamerInstitute/BlackPower2016 or contact