Upcoming Events


Public History Forum:  The Growth of African American Focused Museums in the 21st Century

October 7, 2014, 6 p.m. @ the COFO Complex

This panel will discuss the growing field of museum-related opportunities in Mississippi as well as the importance of collections, fundraising, exhibitions, and museum education.  Participants will be exposed to the critical work being done in Mississippi as it relates to building 21st century museums relative to the African American experience.  

Dion Brown, Executive Director, B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center, Indianola, Mississippi. 

Jacqueline K. Dace, Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Project Manager, Mississippi Department of Archives and History

Pamela Junior, Museum Manager, Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center

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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)


special guests:

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: hamer.institute@jsums.edu.

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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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