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The Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO

Founded in 1997, the mission of the Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on   Citizenship and Democracy is to promote positive social change by examining and teaching the tools and experiences of those who struggle to create, expand, and sustain civil rights, social justice, and  citizenship. A coalition of academics who partner with  social institutions in the local community, the Hamer Institute advocates civic engagement and popular sovereignty through the study of the struggle for civil rights in the United States. As a part of  Jackson State University, we work with local school boards and colleges, national funding organizations, state agencies, and local civil rights organizations to encourage local communities to embrace political engagement and agency. Here at the Hamer Institute, we are generous in our willingness to share our expertise with the community, constant in our commitment to local public education, and increasingly prominent in the national debate on civic engagement and citizenship education.




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