JSU to celebrate 134th Founders’ Day

Spencer McClenty

Jackson State University will bring together its past and present during the 134th Founders’ Day celebration, Oct. 27-28, on the university’s main campus, 1400 John. R. Lynch St., Jackson, Miss.

Leonard Moore, a 1993 JSU graduate and associate vice president for the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement and professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin, will be the keynote speaker at the Founders’ Day Convocation at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, on the campus’ Gibbs-Green Pedestrian Walkway.

Moore’s research interests include modern African-American history, black urban history, and the intersection of race, sports and hip-hop. He is the author of Black Rage in New Orleans: Police Brutality and African American Activism from World War II to Hurricane Katrina and Carl B. Stokes and the Rise of Black Political Power.

The annual Bell Ringing Ceremony will follow the convocation at 11:30 a.m. at the front entrance to Ayer Hall.  In the event of inclement weather, both events will be moved to the Rose Embly McCoy Auditorium, also on the main campus.

Jackson State alumnus Julie Jones Miller will be the keynote speaker during the Founders’ Day Banquet held at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 at the JSU Student Center.

The former Miss JSU 1990-91 earned a Master’s of Science degree in broadcast management from Southern Methodist University.

In 1995, Miller joined Abbott Laboratories as a pharmaceutical medical representative in Houston, Texas.  In 2010, she transitioned to her current role in the Vascular Division as divisional vice president, Market Intelligence, Marketing Communication and Customer Initiatives.

In addition to her professional responsibilities, Miller is co-founder and co-director of the Meredith Erin Miller Foundation, which was established in 2008 in honor of 11-year-old Meredith Erin Miller to support the needs of pediatric cardiology patients and their families with medical care. The foundation also contributes to the field of cardiology by providing tuition and educational assistance for medical students who study cardiology.

Providing musical entertainment for the banquet will be the Dowell Taylor quarter.

The public is invited to attend all events. Tickets for the banquet are $40 each. The convocation is free. For more information, contact Tabatha Terrell-Brooks at 601-979-4208.


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