The Campus Reading Community was launched in Fall 2010 here at Jackson State University. Its vision is to inspire reading throughout the JSU campus and the surrounding community. Having discussed books such as “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community” by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, “The Souls of Black Folk” by W.E.B. DuBois, “Lynch Street” by Tim Spofford, and Medgar Evers: Mississippi Martyr by Michael Vinson Williams, this Reading Community has been a way to stimulate the intellectual discourse on the campus and local community.
Beginning in October, the 2013-2014 Campus Reading Community will begin a new academic year with new discussions on the campus of Jackson State.
This discussion will be on the book:
On the Road to Freedom: A Guided Tour of the Civil Rights Trail
By Charles Cobb, Jr.
This in-depth look at the civil rights movement goes to the places where pioneers of the movement marched, sat-in at lunch counters, gathered in churches; where they spoke, taught, and organized; where they were arrested, where they lost their lives, and where they triumphed.
Award-winning journalist Charles E. Cobb Jr., a former organizer and field secretary for SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee), knows the journey intimately. He guides us through Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee, back to the real grassroots of the movement. He pays tribute not only to the men and women etched into our national memory but to local people whose seemingly small contributions made an impact. We go inside the organizations that framed the movement, travel on the "Freedom Rides" of 1961, and hear first-person accounts about the events that inspired Brown vs. Board of Education. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend.
Please join us in this important discussion on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. for this installment of the 2013-2014 JSU Reading Community.
For additional information or if you have any questions regarding the Series, please feel free to contact us at 601-979-1562 or 601-979-1563 or reply by email or visit: www.jsums.edu/HamerInstitute/BlackHistory2014