The Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and
Democracy and the Department of Political Science at Jackson State University
Present the 29th Annual Fannie Lou Hamer Memorial Symposium:
“Looking Back to Move Forward:
Fannie Lou Hamer’s Mississippi 50 Years Later
After Joining the Civil Rights Movement in 1962
Born October 6, 1917, Fannie Lou Townsend was the youngest of 20 children. This woman of the soil dared to dream and emerged as a doer and a visionary of the highest order. Blessed with a sharp analytical mind, Fannie Lou Hamer was able to use her limited formal education in a positive manner. It is clear that she was a leader on the various plantations before being introduced to the movement. Already resisting the status quo, she became entrenched in the Civil Rights Movement in 1962 when she attempted to register to vote and was evicted from the W.D. Marlow Plantation.
This year’s Hamer Memorial Symposium will address the question, “Where Have We Come In 50 Years?” examining the economic status of African Americans, the current Political Environment and the status of education as seen through the eyes of Fannie Lou Hamer.
- Wednesday, October 3, 2012; 6:30 p.m.Thursday, October 4, 2012; 10:00 a.m. – 3:50 p.m.
- Reception to follow
WHERE: Dollye M.E. Robinson Liberal Arts Building, Room 166/266, Jackson State University
Special guests: Dr. Rickey Hill, Professor of Political Science, Mississippi Valley State University;
Mr. Rims Barber, Co-Director, Human Services Coalition, Jackson, Mississippi; Dr. Jeff Kolnick, Hamer, Hamer Founding Faculty, Professor, Southwest Minnesota State University; Attorney Derrick Johnson, State President, NAACP, Jackson, Mississippi; Ms. Pam Shaw, Pam Shaw & Associates, Jackson, Mississippi; Dr. Roy DeBerry, Director, Hill Country Project, Ashland, Mississippi; Mr. Chauncey Spears, Director, Advanced Learning and Gifted Programs, MS Department of Education; Dr. William McHenry, Executive Director, Mississippi e-Center at Jackson State University; Dr. Vivian Taylor, Professor, Elementary & Early Childhood Education, Jackson State University and more….
For more information, please contact The Hamer Institute at (601) 979-1562,
601-979-1563 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.