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2023 CASE Festival Schedule

Schedule of Events

Friday, April 14
The Future of the Margaret Walker Center at Jackson State: A Feasibility Study
Sharice McCain, Marlin King and Christina Berry, NEOO Partners

Robert Luckett, MWC Director
JSU Student Center Theater
2:00 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.


The Legacy of Margaret Walker
Dr. Maryemma Graham and Dr. Carolyn Denard

Keynote Conversation
Ayer Hall and Margaret Walker Center Facebook and YouTube pages
3:00 p.m. to 4:20 p.m.


Margaret Walker Center Reception
Ayer Hall
4:30 p.m. until


Saturday, April 15
Registration and Q&A: Continental Breakfast
JSU Student Center
8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.


Concurrent Session I
Ayer Hall Gallery and JSU Student Center room 3250
9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Panel 1: Written
JSU Student Center room 3250

Southern Girls: Articulating Radical Black Female Pleasure & Sweetness
Kaelyn Conley, Jackson State University

On My Side of Town
Brittany Wilson, Millsaps College

Finding My Seat at the Table: Reflections on the Black Experience in the American South
LaAsia Harper, Jackson State University

Moderator: Christina Thomas, Jackson State University


Panel 2: Visual Arts, Poetry, Spoken Word
Margaret Walker Center, Ayer Hall Gallery

A Sister’s Love (Ode to My Brothers)
Chioma Ajuonuma, Jackson State University

Her Home Place
Jai Williams, University of Mississippi

The Last King
Shelia Malone, Jackson State University

Moderator: Mark Geil, Jackson State University


Concurrent Session II
Johnson Hall Art Gallery and JSU Student Center rooms 3210 and 3250
10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Panel 3: Visual Arts, Poetry, Spoken Word
Johnson Hall Art Gallery

LaParis Harper, Jackson State University

Art in the Wind
LaAsia Harper, Jackson State University

Silent Slaughter
Bare as Line
Michael Montgomery, Millsaps College

Moderator: Latrice Lawson, Mississippi Museum of Art


Panel 4: Written
JSU Student Center room 3250

Benchmarking the Legacy of a Servant Leader Scholar
Akinola Gonzalez, Jackson State University

Breaking the Mold: Conversations Among Generations of Black Women Writers
Jeremy McDuffey, Jackson State University

A Way Out
Sondra Lee-Bell, Jackson State University

Moderator:  Garrad Lee, Jackson State University


Panel 5: Written
Hybrid: Zoom & JSU Student Center room 3210

When the World Says You Are Not Enough: A Critical Analysis
of the Intersection between Human Desire and Race
Lauren Washington, Jackson State University

Breaking Boundaries: The Artistic Legacy of the Black South
Xavien Mitchell, Jackson State University

Moderator: Wonderful Faison, Jackson State University


Mississippi Zion: The Struggle for Liberation in Attala County, 1865-1915
Dr. E. Howard Ashford, SUNY Oneonta

Assistant Professor of History, Africana, and LatinX Studies
Interim Director, Center for Racial Justice and Inclusive Excellence
Luncheon and Talk
JSU Student Center Ballroom and Margaret Walker Center Facebook and YouTube pages
12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.


Concurrent Session III
Johnson Hall Art Gallery and JSU Student Center room 3250 (Hybrid)
1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Panel 6: Visual Arts
Johnson Hall Art Gallery

Distant Relatives
Lee Payton, Jackson State University

Jonathan McDonald, Jackson State University

The Road Less Traveled

“Learning By Myself”
“Isolated By Myself”
Kimberley Moten, Delta State University

Moderator: Brittany Myburgh, Jackson State University


Panel 7: Poetry, Spoken Word
Hybrid: Zoom & JSU Student Center room 3250

Email Unsent: Draft
I am Human, Not a Product
Stimming in Spades
Printing Prep Work
Michael Montgomery, Millsaps College

Grandmother on Motherhood
Grandmother on Menfolk
Grandmother on Going to Church
Grandmother on Country Eatin
Michelle Rankins, Jackson State University

In the Dark
MaKenna Collins, Jackson State University

Moderator: RaShell Smith-Spears


Margaret Walker, Black Women Writers, and the Phillis Wheatley Poetry Festival
Dr. Maryemma Graham, Distinguished Professor of English, University of Kansas

Introduction by Dr. Carolyn Brown
Keynote Address and Closing Awards
JSU Student Center Theater and Margaret Walker Center Facebook and YouTube pages

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.