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

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A REGISTRATION/ AD PURCHASE FORM. 

Or contact the Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO at 601-979-1563 or 601-979-4348 or email: COFO.Center@jsums.edu

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Jackson, Mississippi – Black History 2017 is a cooperative project between the Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO, The Institute for Social Justice and Race Relations, Gallery1, The College of Liberal Arts, Departments of English and Modern Foreign Languages, and History and Philosophy, that will celebrate history, culture and artistic engagement during this Black History series.

Thursday, February 9, 2017, 6:00 pm –Panel Discussion- Fences: African Americans in Major League Baseball Featuring Curtis Granderson, Outfielder for the New York Mets

Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO

1017 John R. Lynch Street, Jackson, MS 39204

The Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO, The Institute for Social Justice and Race Relations, The Department of English and Modern Foreign Languages, and The Department of History and Philosophy present: Fences: African Americans in Major League Baseball.

Before Jackie Robinson integrated baseball in 1947, African-Americans had no choice but to play in the Negro Leagues. Because of this integration, one would think that African-Americans would naturally gravitate to baseball. That has not been the case. As of now, the percentage of African-Americans playing baseball is just below eight percent. The numbers did rise during the 1970s and 1980s. Since that time, the numbers have been on a steady decline. Curtis Granderson, outfielder for the New York Mets and poet laureate C. Liegh McInnis, will discuss this trend and other issues related to African American baseball players. 

Granderson Event

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Monday, February 13, 2017, 6:00 pm – The Fannie Lou  Hamer Institute @ COFO and Gallery 1 Pay Tribute to Nelson Mandela Through Art and Scholarship

4:30 pmBook Talk – The Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO, 1017 John R. Lynch Street, Jackson, MS, 39204;

JSU Reading Community Book Talk: In this session of the 2016-2017 academic year, The JSU Campus Reading Community will discuss the book, Student Resistance to Apartheid at the University of Fort Hare: Freedom Now, a Degree Tomorrow (Lexington Books, 2016) featuring the author, Dr. Rico D. Chapman.

The exhibition of photographs titled “Nelson Mandela:  His Life in the Struggle” chronicles the life and times of Nelson Mandela and were purchased by Dr. Chapman from the Robben Island Museum in Cape Town, South Africa.  Dr. Chapman was an exchange student at the University of Fort Hare in South Africa, where Mandela was also a student in 1939.  He states that “students at JSU will be fascinated by the history of the freedom struggle in South Africa as it has many commonalities to the civil rights movement in the United States.” 

6:00 pm – Exhibition – Gallery 1, 1100 John R. Lynch Street, Suite 4, Jackson, MS 39203

 

Chapman Book Talk

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Thursday, February 16, 2017, 6:00 pm – Panel Discussion – A Commemoration of The Life and Legacy of Benjamin Brown: 50 Years Later

Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO, 1017 John R. Lynch Street, Jackson, MS 39204

On May 11, 1967, a civil disturbance erupted into violence following a confrontation between a crowd of more than 200 people and Mississippi law enforcement resulting in the untimely death of Benjamin Brown, a young Mississippi Civil Rights activist. Today, nearly 50 years later, we pay tribute to Brown’s life and legacy. Special guests include: Arthur Brown, Benjamin Brown’s brother, Jan Hillegas, COFO Worker and friend, and others.

For more information regarding this Black History series, visit: www.jsums.edu/HamerInstitute

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Thursday, February 16, 2017, 6:00 pm – A Panel Discussion – A Commemoration of The Life and Legacy of Benjamin Brown: 50 Years Later

On May 11, 1967, a civil disturbance erupted into violence following a confrontation between a crowd of more than 200 people and Mississippi law enforcement resulting in the untimely death of Benjamin Brown, a young Mississippi Civil Rights activist. Today, nearly 50 years later, we pay tribute to Brown’s life and legacy. Special guests include: Arthur Brown, Benjamin Brown’s brother, Jan Hillegas, COFO Worker and friend, and others. 

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The Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO

Pays tribute to Nelson Mandela through Art and Scholarship

 

The Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO and Gallery 1 partners to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela through art and scholarship on beginning on Monday, February 13, 2017 –1017 John R. Lynch Street, Jackson, MS, 39203;

JSU Reading Faculty Book Talk: In this session of the 2016-2017 academic year, The JSU Faculty Book Talk will discuss the book, Student Resistance to Apartheid at the University of Fort Hare: Freedom Now, a Degree Tomorrow (Lexington Books, 2016) featuring Dr. Rico D. Chapman, Associate Professor and Interim Chair in the Department of History and Philosophy and the Director of the Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO: Human and Civil Rights Interdisciplinary Education Center at Jackson State University.

Student Resistance to Apartheid at the University of Fort Hare: Freedom Now, a Degree Tomorrow explores forms of popular student resistance to apartheid education in South Africa, particularly at the University of Fort Hare (UFH), by tracing student activism at UFH from 1970 to 2000; highlighting the factors that influenced the development of a culture of student resistance; investigating the root causes that made Fort Hare exceptional in its stand against apartheid; and chronicling the educational and social implications that resulted from students’ unparalleled and fearless actions against the apartheid system. Student resistance at Fort Hare can be traced as far back as the 1940s; however, this book will primarily focus on the critical 1970–2000 period, which was marked by increased student activism in South Africa. The 1980s and 1990s were peak years for student activism in the country. There is no doubt that student struggles during this period and thereafter helped dismantle apartheid and usher in a new South African government.  Dr. Chapman was an exchange student at the University of Fort Hare in South Africa in the late 1990s, where Mandela was also a student in 1939.  He states that “students at JSU will be fascinated by the history of the freedom struggle in South Africa as it has many commonalities to the civil rights movement in the United States.”

In addition, there will be an exhibition unveiling of photographs titled “Nelson Mandela:  His Life in the Struggle.” The exhibit chronicles the life and times of Nelson Mandela and were purchased by Dr. Chapman from the Robben Island Museum in Cape Town, South Africa.  

 

6:00 pm – Exhibtion – Gallery 1, 1100 John R. Lynch Street, Suite 4, Jackson, MS 39203

 

For more information, visit: www.jsums.edu/HamerInstitute or contact us at  601-979-1563 or 601-979-4348 or email:COFO.Center@jsums.edu

Mandela Book Talk

 

The Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO, The Institute for Social Justice and Race Relations, The Department of English and Modern Foreign Languages, and The Department of History and Philosophy present: Fences: African Americans in Major League Baseball featuring Curtis Granderson.

Before Jackie Robinson integrated baseball in 1947, African-Americans had no choice but to play in the Negro Leagues. Because of this integration, one would think that African-Americans would naturally gravitate to baseball. That has not been the case. As of now, the percentage of African-Americans playing baseball is just below eight percent. The numbers did rise during the 1970s and 1980s. Since that time, the numbers have been on a steady decline. Curtis Granderson, outfielder for the New York Mets and poet laureate C. Liegh McInnis, will discuss this trend and other issues related to African American baseball players.  

Join us on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 6:00 pm the Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO at 1017 John R. Lynch Street, Jackson, MS 39217. 

Granderson Event

 

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Miss Black Mississippi USA and The Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO will host a forum:  “Saving Our Girls.” This will be an event for middle and high school girls and their mothers. The panel for this discussion have a vested interest in helping young women become effective leaders, build a higher self-esteem and develop self-worth. 

Saving Our Girls

Young Women Empowerment Panel Discussion

Featuring:

Host/Moderator:

Kristy Johnson, Miss Black Mississippi USA 2017

Entertainment:

KP, Spoken Word Artist

Panel Members

Carol Penick, Executive Director Women's Foundation of Mississippi

Mary Williams, Perrls of Wellness Founder

Jakryannee Phillips, Mass Communications Major at Tougaloo College

Valencia Robinson, Mississippi in Action

Beauty Demonstration

Melody Washington, Natural U Salon

Guest Speaker

Carlyn Hicks, Director of Child Welfare and Family Justice at Mississippi College  

Monday, ‚ÄčNovember 28, 2016

Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO

1017 John R. Lynch Street, Jackson, MS 39212

6PM

This event is FREE and Open to the public

 

Hamer Institute @ COFO Program and Event Survey

November 7th, 2016 by fannielou

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Parent Town Hall Discussion

November 4th, 2016 by fannielou

Miss Black Mississippi USA, 2017

The Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO 

The Institute for Social Justice and Race Relations

Will host a

Parent Town Hall

Miss Black Mississippi USA, 2017, The Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO and the Institute for Social Justice and Race Relations will host a Parent Town Hall Discussion on Thursday November 10, 2016, at 6:00 p.m.. Recently, the Mississippi Department of Education cited Jackson Public Schools for violating 22 of its 32 accreditation standards, including high school graduates not meeting state standards, numerous fights, late-running buses, unsafe buildings, unqualified teachers and a problem with disciplinary decisions by principals. In Jackson communities, violent crime is at 80 on a scale from 1 to 100. Property crime is at 81. What role can parents and community members play to become change agents for our communities?  This Town Hall will be an open event for parents to discuss with Jackson Public School officials, City Administrators, and Law Enforcement how to alleviate the issues of our school districts and communities.

Join us on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 6:00 pm at The Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO  at 1017 John R. Lynch Street, Jackson, MS 39217.

The evening event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, visit: www.jsums.edu/HamerInstitute or contact

The Hamer Institute @ COFO; 601-979-1563 or 601-979-4348

or email: COFO.Center@jsums.edu

 

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Film Screening – “The 30th of May”

November 3rd, 2016 by fannielou

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 6:00 p.m., The Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO will host a film screening of “The 30th of May.” For over 100 years, the city of Natchez had two Memorial Day celebrations—one black and one white. By the mid-1990's, the white celebration faded away, while the black celebration known as the "30th of May" continued to march on.  Virtually unknown outside of the region, this annual event is passed down from generation to generation giving evidence that the roots of patriotism run deep in the Mississippi River towns of Vidalia, Louisiana and Natchez, Mississippi. 

Using animation, archival and aerial footage, and interviews with veterans, organizers and participants, the "30th of May" documentary brings to life the remarkable untold story of this African American-led patriotic tradition in the Deep South. It's a tradition like no other on the country. 

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The Fannie Lou Hamer Pre-Law Society will present its 2016 Fall Lecture on Friday, October 14, 2016 at 11:30 am. This event will be held at the Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO located at 1017 John R. Lynch Street, Jackson, MS 39217. 

The Fannie Lou Hamer Pre-Law Society (The Society) is the service arm of the pre-law program and furthers student interest in the law through activities and events designed to educate and empower.

The Society introduced the Lecture Series events as a means by which students interested in attending law school could obtain practical knowledge and information directly from licensed, practicing attorneys. The members expressed particular interest in inviting speakers who are JSU and/or HBCU graduates and who may practice law in non-traditional settings. The bi-semester events are hosted pre-lunch time on Fridays and open to the entire JSU and Metro-Jackson legal communities. 

The theme for the fall 2016 Lecture Series Event is Honoring Black Cultural Unity: From HBCU to Law School & Beyond. The Event speakers are Attorneys Johnnie McDaniels, Executive Director of the Henley-Young Juvenile Justice Center; Trent Walker, Civil and Criminal Litigator; and Amorya Orr, Forman Watkins & Krutz Law Firm with introductory comments by Hinds County Circuit Clerk Zack Wallace.  

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