MWC Seeks Nominations for For My People Award

October 19th, 2016 by history

The Margaret Walker Center is now accepting nominations for the 2017 For My People Awards to be held at Jackson State University on Friday, January 13, 2017.  Nominations should include a 250-500 word statement on the merits of the nominee and appropriate contact information for the nominator and the nominee.

For more information or to make a nomination, e-mail the Margaret Walker Center at

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JSU recognizes Dr. Dernoral Davis for thirty-five years of service as associate professor and department chair in the Department of History.  A Jackson native and graduate of JSU, Dr. Davis recieved his doctorate from the State University of New York.   He specializes in African American, American, and Mississippi history.

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Find out more at the Mississippi Humanities Council Website.




















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The Civil Rights, Civil Wrongs art exhibit has been extended at the Margaret Walker in Ayer Hall on the campus of Jackson State University through Friday, December 2.

















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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.  

Learn more about the documentary on Facebook.

Note:  Announcement text taken from COFO's official notice.

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Several sessions from the conference were recorded on livestream.  Chairman William D. Adams,  from the National Endowment for the Humanities, spoke in Lib 266 on the need for the liberal arts in education and his speech is also on   livestream.

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COFO Center receives $216,000 grant

October 6th, 2016 by history

COFO Center receives $216,000 grant to study Mississippi civil rights movement.  Read more about it here.  

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Read more about it here.

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