Margaret Walker Center announces the opening of the William D. Lamson Manuscript Collection

(JACKSON, Miss.) – The Margaret Walker Center at Jackson State University announces the opening of its newest archival acquisition, the William D. Lamson Manuscript Collection. The official unveiling will take place on Tuesday, November 22, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Ayer Hall on the Jackson State campus and will feature a reception and exhibit about the collection.

William D. Lamson was a forensic demographer, cartographer, and expert witness who worked on numerous school desegregation, voting rights, judicial redistricting, and housing discrimination cases. The majority of his school desegregation testimony and research was in the Midwestern United States, most extensively in Cincinnati, Ohio. He also was an expert witness for the NAACP in Detroit, Dayton, Cleveland, St. Louis, and several other cities, and he did extensive work for the ACLU on Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka III (1978). His expertise was even used by the U.S Department of Justice in school desegregation and voting rights cases in Florida, Texas, Arizona and Louisiana.

Lamson served as a consultant for the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare and several state commissions of education and human relations. He led several federal workshops on school desegregation suits and worked on Certificate of Need hearings for a number of Mississippi hospitals. William Lamson’s expertise and tireless research provided access to better opportunities for millions of underserved Americans.

Both an archive and museum, the Margaret Walker Center is dedicated to the preservation, interpretation, and dissemination of the African-American experience. Founded by Margaret Walker in 1968, the Center seeks to honor her artistic and academic legacy by expanding and promoting its manuscript holdings and oral history collections, interpreting African-American history and culture through its museum and exhibits, coordinating public programs on campus and throughout the community, preserving historic structures central to the African-American experience, and advocating Black Studies at Jackson State University.

For more information, visit the Center’s website at or contact the Center’s staff at 601-979-2055 or

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About Jackson State University: Challenging Minds, Changing Lives

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



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