Medgar Evers/ Ella Baker Civil Rights Lecture Series
Aaron Henry and the Mississippi Project
The Outcomes of Black Males in Urban Institutes – Part I
The Outcomes of Black Males in Urban Institutions – Part II
Voting As A Constitutional Right
Robert Clark Symposium – 2012
Smith/Lindsey Campaign of 1962
Fannie Lou Hamer Memorial Symposium
Remembering the 1963 Jackson Childrens March
Youth Activism and Youth Advocacy in the 21st Century
Opening Session – Keynote Address – Mr. Albert Sykes
The Status of Education Through the Eyes of Fannie Lou Hamer
Examining the Political Environment Through the Eyes of Fannie Lou Hamer
What is the Economic Status of African Americans in Mississippi Today
29th Hamer Symposium Keynote Address – Dr. Mary D. Coleman
The Presidential Debate – Through the Eyes of Fannie Lou Hamer
An Evening with the Tougaloo Nine
Black History Makers Fourm
Impressions of A Leader – 2013
Showcasing Young Scholars – 2013
Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Medgar Evers
The Jackson State University Reading Community
Medgar Evers – Mississippi Martyr
Black Greek 101
Not What We Were: A Changed and Changing South
Coming of Age in Mississippi
Conversations with Vetarans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement
Conversation with the Veterans
NEH Summer Programs
A Case Study: Roots of Change in Mississippi and Georgia - Medgar Evers and the NAACP
Dr. Michael V. Williams, Tougaloo College
This session discussed the seminal role Medgar Wiley Evers played in the development of the modern-day NAACP in Mississippi. Evers organized and revitalized chapters of the NAACP throughout the state. He provided the infrastructure for the organization. His appointment as the first permanent field secretary of the organization was clearly a watershed in the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement.
The Development of the Modern-Day Mississippi Movement – The Delta As a Place
Dr. L.C. Dorsey was a woman who began as a sharecropper in the Mississippi Delta, who while raising children met the young people of SNCC and became involved in the Civil Rights Movement. After earning her doctorate, Dr. Dorsey worked in the Delta in health initiatives and in preventing the prison pipeline. We will show and discuss an oral history of hers in which she discussed the idea of the Mississippi Delta as not only a unique geographical location, but the notion of “place” in which African-Americans were kept oppressed and politically unorganized through both political and economic structures and through the behavior of those whites in power. Dr. Dorsey died in the summer of 2013.
A Case Study: Roots of Change in Mississippi and Georgia - McComb, Mississippi and SNCC
Dr. Leslie Burl McLemore, Jackson State University
The McComb Project marked the beginning of the organized mass movement in the Mississippi. The efforts of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) lead to the first major boycott and protest march in Mississippi in 1961. The Burgland High School students walked out of class and started a series of events that changed McComb and the rest of Mississippi.
Continuity of Struggle and Institution Building: Civil War
Dr. Charles Vincent, Professor of History, Southern University
During the Civil War, the tradition of struggle reached a climactic moment when hundreds of thousands of enslaved people liberated themselves by walking, or running, away from slavery to Union Lines, effectively ending their enslavement many months ahead of the 13th Amendment. It was also during the Civil War that the first significant open black institutions got jumpstarted in the South. The black church, black schools, and black activism expanded significantly in the South and came out of the shadows. Significantly, black folk joined the Union Army and fought for their freedom. Few events rank in significance with the Civil War in the long African America journey to freedom.
NEH Summer Institute: Framing the Themes-Struggle Institution Building and Organizing for Power
In this session, Dr. Charles Payne and the Hamer Institute faculty engage participants in the fundamental themes of why and how we should teach the Civil Rights Movement. We will explore the basic themes of the institute, the building of institutions in the African American community (church, family, businesses, cooperatives, schools and colleges, the press, civil rights organizations), over the course of many generations. Just as significantly, a tradition of struggle, or resistance, has been developed since the earliest days of enslavement. It was the combination of these traditions, struggle and institution building, that combined to allow for the successes of Movement activists in the middle of the twentieth century. At that point, the institutions were wide spread enough, deep enough, and well enough established so that activism could become more consequential without having the intuitional base completely destroyed by the forces of white supremacy. During these years of high activism, black folk all over the south, organized for power so that they could enjoy the promise of America and gain control over their own political and economic fortunes.
NEH Summer Institute Institution Building The Era of Jim Crow
NEH Summer Institute The Development of the Modern Day Mississippi Movement – Emmett Till and Montgomery
Dr. Jeff Kolnick and Dr. Michelle D. Deardorff
In this session, Drs. Michelle Deardorff and Jeff Kolnick explore two common starting points for the Civil Rights movement, the lynching of Emmett Till and the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Though powerfully different stories, in each case the examples of resistance and institutional strength are unmistakable. The Till case reveals the savage resistance of whites to black demands for equality and the increasing unwillingness of African Americans to accept their fate even when the law is utterly against them. The memory of the Till lynching was seared into the memory of Movement activists who shaped both the Mississippi and national movements. The speakers will draw comparisons between what happened to Emmett Till and the inspiration his death provided for the people who lead the boycott in Montgomery. Rosa Parks pointed out that she was thinking about Till when she refused to vacate her seat on the bus in Montgomery. In Montgomery, you have the organization of an entire back community through the mobilization of critical institutions already in place and begun decades earlier. The NAACP, the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the church, Alabama State College, the Women’s Political Council, among many more were activated and within a weekend, convinced a black population of 50,000 to boycott the buses for more than one year for cause of human dignity. Here too we meet Rosa Parks, Ralph Abernathy, Jo Ann Gibson Robinson, and Martin Luther King.
NEH Summer Institute Institution Building The Era of Jim Crow
Dr. Daphne R. Chamberlain and Dr. Rico D. Chapman
This session will give attention to how African Americans, beginning in the Reconstruction era, asserted themselves and found ways to create and sustain institutions that would uplift, strengthen, and advance the race, despite imposed racial boundaries in the era of Jim Crow.