On the Road to Health Presents 3rd Annual Trace Ride


“On the Road to Health” is a program that was established by Voice of Calvary Ministries. The aim is to promote healthy life-styles across the entire metro area. Phil Reed is the president and chief executive officer of Voice of Calvary Ministries and every year he rides the trace based on his age. So this year, at age 60, he will be riding 60 miles on a bike. Impressive! If you are interested in riding, then click on the registration form above and print.

The ride will kick off at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 26th.

Voice of Calvary Ministries is located at 531 W Capitol St.

Dozens Volunteer at Jackson Zoo

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This past Saturday, students, community residents, and friends of the Jackson Zoo showed up to clean up around the zoo in an effort to beautify the area. Over 50 JSU students showed up to assist with the clean up day at the Jackson Zoo. Residents, old and young, stood together in one effort to clean up the corridor leading to Zoo.

Volunteers planted flowers, swept curbs, and picked up trash along Capitol Street. This clean-up event was sponsored by the Zoo Area Progressive Partnership (ZAPP) and Keep Jackson Beautiful. The organizers were really impressed with the turn out of so many JSU students and they were thrilled to see so many students willing to help keep the Jackson Zoo beautiful.

If you are interested in volunteering for the next clean-up day, contact the Center for University-Based Development @ 601-979-5828. Pecan Park Neighborhood Association will be meeting on Saturday, April 26th, from 8am-noon to clean up their neighborhood. JSU students will get community service hours for their participation.

Party all Weekend

Saturday Morning: Zoo Neighborhood Clean-up, 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
This event is being hosted by the Zoo Area Progessive Partnership and volunteers will meet in front of the Jackson Zoo for assignments. JSU students will get community service hours for participating. To volunteer or for more information contact Heather Ivery at hivery@stewpot.org or at 601-503-3753.

Saturday: 8th Annual Creative Arts Festival, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Chuck D of Public Enemy, 2013 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, to keynote Creative Arts Festival: The Legacy of Freedom Summer at 10:45 a.m. in the JSU Student Center Theater. For more information, visit the Margaret Walker Center’s website at http://www.jsums.edu/margaretwalkercenter or contact the Center’s staff at 601-979-2055 or mwa@jsums.edu.

Saturday: JSU Blue and White football game: 1:00 p.m.
The general public is invited to the Tiger Fest football game beginning at 1 pm. The full-day event will consist of food, fun, music and sports, including musical entertainment by artists Larry Johnson and Beasty Tunes, and several other musical acts.General admission is free for kids ages 10 and under. For ages 11 through 14 admission is $5. For persons 15 and over admission is $10. Admission is free for JSU students with ID.The cost is $25 for tailgaters, $50 for RV’s and $50 for vendors.Gates open at 8 a.m. For more information, call 601-362-0866.

Sunday: Zoo Blues, Gates open at 2:00 p.m.
zoo blues
Performers include Mel Waiters, Lenny Williams, Eddie Cotton, Pat Brown and J-Wonn. Concessions sold. Coolers, blankets and lawn chairs welcome. No glass bottles or outside food permitted.
Where: Jackson Zoo, Jackson
Cost: $20, ages 5 and under free
Contact Phone: 601-352-2580 or 800-745-3000

Ok if all those events don’t make you do the happy dance, maybe this video produced by JSU will make you happy!

Special Election

April 8th

Over the last couple of weeks, community residents have flooded into auditoriums, cafeterias, and college campuses to hear from candidates running for Mayor for the City of Jackson. Based on the hundreds that have shown up to each forum, we know our viewers are actively participating in the democratic process, however this is just a friendly reminder to get out and vote on Tuesday, April 8th.

Polls will open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m.

Below are list of all the candidates.

Kenneth A. Swarts
Albert Wilson
Francis P. Smith, Jr.
Melvin V. Priester Jr.
Gwendolyn Ward Osborne Chapman
Tony T. Yarber
Harvey Johnson Jr.
Chokwe Antar Lumumba
John Horhn
Margaret Barrett-Simon
Rodrick “Rod” Walker
John E. Reed
Regina Quinn

Here is a snippet of Fannie Lou Hamer, recounting her experience when she tried to register to vote in 1962.

Fun Place for Kids at the MetroCenter Mall


Jumpin’ Jax is the newest Indoor Inflatable Party Center in Jackson, MS. It is located in the Center Court (across from Burlington’s) of the MetroCenter Mall featuring brand new inflatables and awesome party rooms. It is well-suited to handle both large and small celebrations, with six interactive Jump Houses and a designated area for smaller kids. They also have a media center for adults and kids alike. Jumpin’ Jax is the safe way for all kids to have a great time.

Mon – Sat: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Cost: $8.50 per person. If you bring 10 friends the fee is $5.75 per person.
There is no charge for adults and inflatables are for children 12 and under.

For more information about their party packages contact 601-355-0000 or visit http://www.jumpinjaxms.com.

JSU Football Tickets, Get them Now


Season Ticket Prices: Includes seven home games.

General Admission: $150.00, Family & Friends Package consists of 4 general admission season tickets.

Reserved: $175.00, When purchased between Mar. 18 – May 7, will cost $300.

Box: $250.00, When purchased between May 8 – Aug. 29, will cost $400.

Individuals who purchase season tickets before May 3, will receive a discount off their season ticket package.

For more information you can contact the JSU ticket office at 601-979-2420.

Humanitarian Awards, Friday

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The Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO will recognize six agents of change during the 2014 Fannie Lou Hamer Humanitarian Awards Luncheon to be held Friday, April 4. The honorees, pictured above, will receive the Fannie Lou Hamer Humanitarian Award in an 11:30 a.m. ceremony held in Ballrooms A & B of the New Student Union on the campus of Jackson State University.

Tickets are on sale now.
$35.00/ Person or $250.00/ Table of 8

For more information about the awards luncheon, contact the Hamer Institute at 601.979.1562 or 601.979.4348, e-mail Hamer.Institute@jsums.edu, or visit http://www.jsums.edu/HamerInstitute/HumanitarianAward.

Heritage Tours at the Welcome Center

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The Welcome Center at Jackson State University offers tours of its facilities that provide educational programs on the history of civil rights, social justice, democracy and citizenship in the West Jackson community. The tours are led by staff, students or volunteers and coordinated by the JSU Welcome Center. Heritage tours are guided by specialists to provide an in-depth overview of each site.

Tour Sites Include:
Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) Civil Rights Education Center-The Council of Federated Organizations was founded in May 1961 by local and state civil rights leaders to create solidarity among all civil rights organizations in Mississippi during the 1960s. In 1963, COFO made 1017 John R. Lynch Street its home where the office served as the state headquarters for the Mississippi movement.

Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and Democracy-Founded in 1997, the Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and Democracy advocates civic engagement and popular sovereignty through the study of the struggle for civil rights in the United States. The institute works 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.

Margaret Walker Center for the Study of the African American Experience founded by Margaret Walker in 1968-Located in historic Ayer Hall—the oldest building on the Jackson State campus—the Margaret Walker Center is both an archive and museum dedicated to the preservation, interpretation, and dissemination of African-American history and culture.

Gibbs-Green Plaza-Alexander Hall (Gibbs-Green Plaza)-Gibbs-Green Plaza was once Lynch Street that ran directly past Jackson State College to downtown Jackson. On May 14, 1970, during student unrest regarding the Vietnam War and the earlier murder of four Kent State University students by the Ohio National Guard, two students were killed in the crossfire by city and state police officers on the Jackson State College campus; Phillip Lafayette Gibbs, a JSU student; and James Earl Green, a student at Jim Hill High School. Twelve other students were injured.

Heritage Tours can be scheduled, Monday-Friday between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Please contact 601-979-0883 to schedule your Heritage Tour!

Summer Tours
Tours are scheduled between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. (June-August).

JSU Welcome Center
1400 J.R. Lynch Street
P.O. Box 17056
Jackson, MS 39217
Office: (601) 979-0883
Fax: (601) 979-0954

West Jackson Weekend Fun

Saturday Morning

The Walter Payton Recreation and Wellness Center is proud to host its 8th annual Sweetness “Fight Against Obesity” 5K Run/Walk and One Mile Fun Run. The purpose of this event is to
increase obesity awareness in Mississippi and to promote physical activity in the community with a concentrated effort on the youth. The event is slated to take place on the main campus of Jackson State University where the 5K Run/Walk and One mile Fun Run will foster increased community morale assembling local residents, businesses, parents and students around a common goal.
Race Day Registration Time: 6:30am-7:30am
For more information call 601-979-1368.

Saturday Afternoon
West Jackson Plan Public Meeting at 1:00pm.
Where: The Community Center at the Jackson Zoo
The purpose of the West Jackson Master Plan is to serve as a guidebook that empowers residents and stakeholders to invest in sustainable and inclusive social, physical and economic development within the community. Come out and help plan for our community.


The Jackson Zoo gained its accreditation back this past week and Sunday they are having a celebration PARTY! They will be serving cake from 1-3pm and there will be a special admissions price for everyone on Sunday.

For those who haven’t been by in the while, stop on by; the Zoo misses you and wants to show off what they have done and where they are headed.

Also, there will be an opportunity to sign up for healthcare at Battlefield Park from 1-6pm. Representatives from Humana and Central MS Health Services will be available to sign people up on the spot. Get help with getting health care insurance!

Have a fun and productive weekend!

Mayoral Debate

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The election for a new mayor for the City of Jackson is two weeks away and there are thirteen candidates that are looking for a win. All the candidates will be in West Jackson this week to explain why they are running for mayor.

On Thursday, March 27th, the Jackson Chamber of Commerce will host a Mayoral Debate at Jackson State University in the Rose E. McCoy Auditorium. This event will be from 7p.m. – 9p.m. If you plan on attending this debate, you need to be there before seven, because the doors will be closing in order to air the debate live on WLBT.

For more information call 601-948-7575.

Below are list of all the candidates.

Kenneth A. Swarts
Albert Wilson
Francis P. Smith, Jr.
Melvin V. Priester Jr.
Gwendolyn Ward Osborne Chapman
Tony T. Yarber
Harvey Johnson Jr.
Chokwe Antar Lumumba
John Horhn
Margaret Barrett-Simon
Rodrick “Rod” Walker
John E. Reed
Regina Quinn


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