JSU’s Hamer Institute teaches middle and high school students about civil rights movement


Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and Democracy is celebrating its 14th Anniversary

(JACKSON, Miss.) – The Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and Democracy at Jackson State University is hosting a week-long workshop on the civil rights movement for 22 middle and high school students from June 13-18. The students from the Jackson Public School System, the McComb Public School System, the Clinton Public School System and the Rankin County School System are participating in a number of educational activities at the JSU Student Center.

The workshop’s theme, “The Southern Civil Rights Movement: The Pivotal Role of Young People,’’ explores the history of the southern civil rights movement, focusing on the contributions and sacrifices made by young people during the 1950s and 1960s. 

The sessions examine how American democracy is an evolving concept, changing throughout history due to the demands of citizens of all ages. The students learn about the achievements of ordinary people who stood against oppression and struggled to bring full civil rights to all Americans. 

“The young people of the ’50s and ’60s can serve as role models for today’s youth,” says Dr. Leslie Burl McLemore, a founder of the institute, which celebrates its 14 anniversary this year. “Today’s young people can see that violence is not the answer by examining the remarkable achievements of the young people from another era.”

            Additional information about this workshop and other Hamer programs/events can be found at www.jsums.edu/hamer.institute. For more information, contact the Hamer Institute at 601-979-1562 or hamer.institute@jsums.edu.

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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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