The Leadership Team


Rico D. Chapman, Director 

Dr. Rico Chapman received his Ph.D. in African Studies in 2008 from Howard University.  Dr. Chapman is currently an Associate Professor and Interim Chair in the Department of History and Philosophy and teaches courses in African and Public History at Jackson State University.  Dr. Rico D. Chapman received his Ph.D. in African Studies from Howard University.  Chapman’s research focuses on the linkages in the struggle for justice by students throughout the African Diaspora, particularly in Mississippi and South Africa where he studied and taught. He believes that in liberation movements throughout the world students have repeatedly played the role of sparks to ignite mass protests for social change and have demonstrated their ability to have a significant impact on political, economic, social and educational systems across the globe.  He has presented at a number of conferences and holds board appointments and membership in various organizations.  Dr. Chapman is also the Director for the Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO: Human and Civil Rights Interdisciplinary Education Center at Jackson State University. His latest book is entitled Student Resistance to Apartheid at the University of Fort Hare: Freedom Now, a Degree Tomorrow (Lexington Books, 2016).




Keith Lamont Mcmillian, Program Manager

is a business professional who, through collaboration, partnerships and relationships, creates win-win situations.  After several years of industry training in management and customer service, Mcmillian earned his Master of Arts degree in Political Science with a focus in policy and administration.  Now, Program Manager of the Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO,  he continues to foster productive relationships under the auspices of the Institute for Social Justice and Race Relations.  The Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO supports the mission of Jackson State University as it continues to empower diverse students to become leaders. As the Program Manager, McMillian is responsible for the overall direction and effective management of the Hamer Institute @ COFO. This includes: daily administration of the Title III Program, development of effective administrative compliance procedures, ensuring proper resource allocation, record-keeping and maintaining systems for all grants and awards.