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GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY AFFILIATES PARTICIPATE IN NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS CONFERENCE

Several participants affiliated with Grambling State University and their supporting organization (Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society), along with the Faith Community, attended the 8th National Civil Rights Conference which was held in Meridian, Mississippi, June 17-19, 2018.   Founded in 2011 by Dr. Keith Parker, professor of sociology and criminal justice at Florida A&M, the conference theme was "Rise, Advocate, Educate and Cooperate: Making a Way Out of No Way".

The conference activities included worships, artistic productions, and sessions and tours for adults and youths focusing on civil rights, social justice, and human dignity. One of the highlights of the conference was the presentation of the annual Civil Rights and Social Justice Awards, presented to Dr. Frances Staten, sociology professor at Grambling State University, along with recipients Pamela D.C. Junior, Mississippi Civil Rights Museum director, Mississippi Department of Archives and History; Dr. Willie J. Greer Kimmons of Daytona Beach, Florida; Grand Master Maurice F. Lucas of Cleveland, Mississippi; Henry 'Hank' Sanders of Selma Alabama; and Faya Rose Toure'of Selma, Alabama. The presentation was held in connection with the commemorative service honoring three slain Civil Rights workers (James Earl Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner) at the- historic Mt Zion United Methodist Church in Philadelphia, Mississippi. For two and one-half days the participants engaged in a broad range of learning experiences which generated considerable intellectual dialogue and debate as well as opportunities to strengthen networks and forge new ones. The conference ended with an enriching and educational tour of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson, Mississippi.
    
Participants from the Grambling academic community/Alumni included: Dr. Frances Staten, Dr. Lemmy Akoma, Professor Evelyn Jenkins, and Ms. Linda Logan (Staff); Janice Tucker, Kristy Stringfellow, and Tymeeka Carter (Graduate/Undergraduate  Student) Presenters ); and Raymon Matthew, Alice Leonce Stevens, and Dr. Lamar Shields (Social Research Club Alunni).  Representing the faith community and community empowerment organizations were: Valena Lane ( New Rocky Valley Baptist Church/ and the Community Coordinating Council, Inc. ); the   The BEAPers of Orange Hill Baptist Church of (Rayville); Madison Kennedy, Jakobe Holland, Aaliyah Holland, Wil'Lashia Cherry, Jer'Myana Staten,  and Henrietta Williams (Holly Grove Baptist Church- Mangham );  Synya Travis ( Mt Pleasant Baptist Church - Baton Rouge);  and Joshalyn Harrison (Colfax). Accompanied the BEAPers were their Mentors,   Ella Rayford, Helen Travis, Lottie S.  Richards, Viola Horne, and Alfred Rayford, II.  The BEAPers are affiliated with the Community Service Program of Louisiana Eta Chapter of Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society, known as the  Black Empowerment Apprenticeship Program (BEAP).

REFLECTIONS FROM THE 2018 NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS CONFERENCE

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L-R Standing in front of a Memorial Monument paying tribute to the three slain civil rights workers, Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Philadelphia, MS. L-R Recipients (4) of the Social Justice Award
Dr. Frances Staten, Dr. Willie J. Greer Kimmons, Pamela D.C. Junior, not shown; Maurice F. Lucas, Henry Sanders,  Faya Rose Toure' and Elder Ada L. Clay – Program Moderator

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L-R Keith Parker, x, Dr. Frances Staten, Recipient of Social Justice Award. Photo shot from the Historical Mt. Zion United Methodist Church – 54th Anniversary Commemorative Service for James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner.
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Pictured at the Civil Rights Museum in Mississippi.  Sitting, L-R. Dr. Frances Staten, Dr. Idleburg, Mrs. Ella Rayford. Standing, L-R.  Mrs. Valena Lane, Mrs. Evelyn Jenkins and Mrs. Helen Travis. L-R Mrs. Ella Rayford, xx, Hadiya Shields, Dr. Lamar Shields, Mrs. Valena Lane, Dr. Frances Staten, Mrs. Lottie S. Richard and Mrs. Henrietta Williams.

 

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