Hamer Institute announces humanitarian award recipients


Fannie Lou Hamer

Hamer Institute announces humanitarian award recipients

The Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and Democracy will recognize six exceptional individuals at its 5th Annual Fannie Lou Hamer Humanitarian Awards Luncheon to be held at 11:30 a.m., Friday, April 15 at the JSU Student Center on the university’s main campus at 1400 John R. Lynch Street.

Honorees include Monica Galloway, operations director for the Mississippi Center for Justice; Dorie Ladner, civil rights activist arrested for attempting to integrate the Woolworth’s lunch counter; Donna Ladd, an American investigative journalist and co-founder of the Jackson Free Press; Jerry Mitchell, an investigative reporter for The Clarion Ledger; Brad Pigott, community leader known for his “Weed & Seed” and “Safe Streets” programs which aim to reduce and prevent crime; and Hollis Watkins, Civil Rights leader and president of Southern Echo, Inc.

“The Hamer Institute is honored to be able to recognize these special persons in our state,” said Leslie Burl McLemore, director of the Hamer Institute. “Collectively and individually, they have helped to change the course of human history and have been instrumental in modeling a civil society.”

For more information, please contact Latosha Garrett at 601-979-1562, Keith McMillian at 601-979-1563, or email: Hamer.Institute@JSUMS.edu.

 – JSU –

About Jackson State University: Bridge to a Brighter Tomorrow

Jackson State University, founded in 1877, is a historically black, high research activity university located in Jackson, the capital city of the state of Mississippi. Jackson State’s nurturing academic environment challenges individuals to change lives through teaching, research and service. Officially designated as Mississippi’s Urban University, Jackson State continues to enhance the state, nation and world through comprehensive economic development, health-care, technological and educational initiatives. The only public university in the Jackson metropolitan area, Jackson State is located near downtown, with three satellite campuses throughout the city. For more information, visit www.jsums.edu.

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