Jackson State University hosted the “Finishing the Dream” Town Hall Meeting at the Rose E. McCoy Auditorium at noon, Tuesday, July 20. The event was sponsored by NBC, WLBT3 and the Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and Democracy.
Begun in May 2010, Finishing the Dream is a series of town hall meetings being held in four cities, including Jackson, Chicago, Atlanta and Detroit, to discuss where the civil rights movement goes from here. The meetings will make up part of a “Finishing the Dream” telecast on NBC later this year.
Discussion topics for the forum included: the shooting death of Medgar Evers; the civil rights murders in Philadelphia, Miss.; the 1970 Jackson State campus shooting; the conviction of Byron de la Beckwith; and the enrollment of James Meredith at Ole Miss.
The panel members were: James Meredith, the first African-American student to enroll at Ole Miss; Jerry Mitchell, investigative journalist with The Clarion-Ledger; Ken Dean, former chairman of Civic Communications; and Albert Sykes, Lead Organizer for the Young People’s Project, Inc.;
The Jackson State University College of Business’s Department of Entrepreneurship and Professional Development proudly acknowledges its 2010 recipients of The Coleman Entrepreneurial Scholarship (CES). The Coleman Entrepreneurial Scholarship was established by Donald A. Coleman, chairman of GlobalHue, the nation’s largest multicultural marketing communications agency, to assist students who have an entrepreneurial spirit and aspire to establish a thriving business.
Of the ten awards granted for the 2010-2011 academic year, eight were received by the following JSU Entrepreneurship majors: Brittany Brown, Zulina Brown, Alicia Crudup, Arlinda Fair, Monique Jackson, Clemon Redmond, III, Ebony Robinson and Nicholas Ross. Each recipient will recieve $5,000, which will be used for educational expenses in the 2010-11 academic year.
“Our students have made a commitment to unleash the entrepreneur within,” said Dr. Mary M. White, chairperson of the Department of Entrepreneurship and Professional Development. “Because there is a growing interest in entrepreneurship in Mississippi and particularly at Jackson State University, our aim is to get students focused on thinking bigger than just creating jobs for themselves—we want them to think about creating equity and jobs for others.”
Scholarship recipients were selected on the basis of a personal statement that clearly demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit and promise, community service, entrepreneurial experience, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, academic performance and financial need.