West Jackson through Pictures

Pictures can say a thousand words. Click on the pictures below to see all the GREAT things happening in West Jackson! Please feel free to send us your pictures of our community and we will include them in a future posting. Send to heather.a.wilcox@jsums.edu

Gallery1 Presents, “We Wear the Mask”

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Gallery1 is pleased to announce their current exhibition by frank d. robinson, jr. This exhibition is presented in partnership with Tougaloo College for The Tougaloo Art Colony, happening on July 12-17, 2015. Join Gallery1 for a reception at Gallery1 on Friday, July 17th starting at 6:00pm. This event is free and open to the public, food will be provided by Mangia Bene.

frank d. robinson, jr., born in Memphis, Tennessee, received his BFA from the University of Memphis in 1993. He also earned a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Painting and Drawing in 1998 from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago prior to receiving his MFA in 2000. robinson’s art focuses on narratives and objects of everyday life. By skillfully reappropriating seemingly mundane objects such as, keys, wrappers, afro-picks, broken glass, and so much more – robinson takes his audience on a visual journey through an urban environment, revealing a shared history constructed from material consumption. His compelling works raise inquiry about cultural values, survival, and what do we see in our own communities. The exhibition’s subtitle, We Wear the Mask, is borrowed from Paul Laurence Dunbar’s poem by the same title. As Dunbar writes it, “Why should the world be over-wise, In counting all our tears and sighs? Nay, let them only see us, while…We wear the mask.”

robinson has received numerous residencies, awards, and is highly acclaimed for his humanitarianism. His work is in the collection of The University of Illinois, and will be featured in an upcoming group show at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis, Tennessee. Through his spirit of giving, robinson has donated a painting from this exhibit to be auctioned at the Jackson Free Press 2015 Chick Ball on Saturday, July 18th.

My Life Has Value: We Wear the Mask, is showing now through September 5, 2015. Gallery hours are: Tuesday – Friday, 10:00am -6:00pm, and Saturday Noon – 4:00pm.

On Friday, September 4, 2015, robinson will conduct a public program titled “I Wish I Lived In a Better World.” Participants will be led on a walking tour in West Jackson, and then collectively discuss ways to reinterpret or improve the area with art.

Space will be limited, please contact the gallery for more information and to RSVP.

For more information please contact Kimberly D. Jacobs, Gallery Director at 601-960-9250 or by email at gallery1@jsums.edu.

Ice Cream Safari

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The Jackson Zoo will host its annual, Ice Cream Safari on Saturday, July 11th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Now in its 21st year, the Ice Cream Safari will feature local media celebrities showing off their personalities and scooping favorite ice cream flavors for your votes. This year the Jackson Zoo will separate the voting into print, radio and TV categories for best scoopers.

Blue Bunny will be providing 21 flavors of ice cream and Trustmark is sponsoring “Always A Kid” Zone activity area with water slides, face painting, crafts, and more!

General Admission is $12.25/Adults, $9.75/Kids, and $3/Members (Adults & Kids).

The forecast for Saturday is HOT, so get out and get some ice cream at the Jackson Zoo!

For more information please call (601) 352-2580.

Free Smoke Detectors & Installation, Saturday

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The City of Jackson’s Fire Department and the American Red Cross will be canvassing Ward 5, Saturday, July 11th to install free smoke detectors. This will take place between 8:30 am and 1:00 pm. Residents will have the chance to receive free smoke detectors, create fire safety plans, and receive information on fire prevention and safety.

Residents will receive free fire alarms that will be installed at no cost to the resident.

This event is being sponsored by the City of Jackson, the American Red Cross, and the Jackson Fire Department.

If you would like to volunteer or need more information please contact Elis McBride at 769-798-0131 or by email at emcbride@jacksonms.gov.

Below is a link to a map of Ward 5.


Margaret Walker Centennial Gala & Picnic, July 7 & 10


The Margaret Walker Center at Jackson State University will celebrate what would have been the 100th birthday of its founder, Dr. Margaret Walker Alexander, with its annual Jubilee Picnic on Tuesday, July 7, and a Centennial Gala on Friday, July 10.

Dr. Robert Luckett, the Center Director, said, “This is a special opportunity for us to lift Dr. Margaret Walker Alexander into the national consciousness, where we know she belongs.”

In 1949, Margaret Walker Alexander joined the English faculty at then Jackson State College, where she taught for 30 years before retiring in 1979. While at Jackson State in 1968, she founded the Institute for the Study of the History, Life and Culture of Black People, one of the first Black Studies programs in the nation. Today named in her honor, the Margaret Walker Center is a museum and special collections archive dedicated to the African-American experience.

“We are proud to lift up Dr. Alexander’s artistic and academic legacy each and every day,” Luckett said. “We hope that the community will join us in our efforts, particularly, with these special upcoming centennial events.”

On Tuesday, July 7, the Margaret Walker Center will host its annual Jubilee Picnic in honor of what would have been Margaret Walker Alexander’s actual 100th birthday. With support from the Mississippi Humanities Council, the Jubilee Picnic will begin at 11:30 a.m. in Ayer Hall and will include a lecture by scholar Maryemma Graham and a community discussion led by Carolyn Brown. Dr. Graham and Dr. Brown are both Margaret Walker Alexander biographers.

Then, on Friday, July 10, the Margaret Walker Centennial Gala will begin with a reception at 5 p.m. in the JSU Student Center Ballroom. Special tributes to Dr. Margaret Walker Alexander will begin at 6 p.m., and, immediately following the tributes, the highlight of the gala will be the performance of a special concert, For My People: A New Musical Work.

A living-history presentation, the concert event features award-winning New York City composer and pianist Randy Klein; Broadway vocalist Rosena Hill Jackson; and the internationally renowned JSU Chorale. Inspired by the words of Margaret Walker, Klein received the musical rights to her poetry from the University of Georgia Press and, over a 10-year period, composed this song cycle.

All events are free and open to the public. RSVPs for the Gala are requested.

For more information, visit the Center’s website at http://www.jsums.edu/margaretwalkercenter or contact the Center’s staff at 601-979-2055 or mwa@jsums.edu.

Below is the official Margaret Walker Centennial Poster that can be purchased at the Jubilee Gift Shop for $20.00 dollars.

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Housing Opportunities for Persons with HIV/AIDS


The Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program, managed by HUD’s Office of HIV/AIDS Housing, was established to provide housing assistance and related supportive services for low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families. The services offered by the HOPWA program are

-Short Term Rent
-Mortgage & Utility -Tenant Based Renatl Assistance
-Permanent Housing Placement
-Short Term Supported Housing
-Master Lease

They also offer services that may include the following: health related and intensive care services, alcohol and drug abuse treatment, employment training assistance, life skills management, outreach and transportation.

Currently, they are serving a little over 100 people, but they are aiming to serve 720 persons living in Hinds, Rankin, Madison, Copiah, and Simpson counties.

For more information please call 769-216-2819 or email at jmmfcdcchsc@aol.com.

New Fire Truck Serving the West

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Recently, Fire Station 28 received a state-of-the-art fire truck that measures 54 feet long and 12 feet tall. It is the largest truck in the city and has been used in 7 fires already. Fire Station 28 was chosen to get the fire truck because the station was centrally located and close to downtown. They service the downtown area as well as Washington Addition and JSU.

The truck is the only truck in the city that allows them to rescue two people at a time. The truck has a self adjusting ladder and is completely digitized with touch screen computers. It provides better fire protection because it can flow more water than a traditional fire truck. It can pump up to 2,000 gallons a minute and can rescue people from a 12-story building. The newly designed fire truck cost $1.4 million dollars.

Station 28 has twenty-four firefighters working on three different shifts and they usually receive four calls a shift.

For more information about the new fire truck, please call 601-960-2128.

Christ the King Catholic Church Celebrates 70th Anniversary, Saturday

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Christ the King Catholic Church,located at 2303 John R. Lynch Street, is a West Jackson landmark and will turn 70 years old on October 13, 2015. In observance of this milestone the members of Christ the King Catholic Church will celebrate its rich culture heritage, Saturday June, 27, from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm with “A Taste of Christ the King Food Festival”.

Since its inception Christ the King’s celebrations of faith have centered around food. Legend has it that this passion for food and fellowship was led by one the church’s most adored families, the Sampson’s. The late, Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Sampson, moved from Louisiana in the 1930’s, both cradle Catholics and members of Holy Ghost Catholic Church. The Sampson’s moved west and became founding members of Christ the King-a true blessing for this church community. Mr. Sampson was the head chef at the Robert E. Lee Hotel, where he was known for its mouth- watering classic southern cuisine with an infusion Louisiana/French influence such as gumbo.

The legendary chef, bestowed upon Christ the King the tradition of sharing meals together, parish wide dinners, coffee, cookies and donuts after mass were the norm. Earning Christ the King, the nickname of being the eatingiest parish in the whole diocese. In addition to Mr. Sampson, the famed Big John Mora, patriarch of the Lee family and founder of “Big Apple Inn,” a Farish Street institution introduced his tamales, smoked sausage sandwiches and other Mexican influenced dishes to the church family. Over the years the church has become a melting pot and a smorgasbord board of ethnic food experiences.

For $5.00 admission, attendees can taste an array of ethnic foods from African cuisine to Mississippi soul food.

Christ the King Catholic Church is the third oldest Catholic Church in the metropolitan area and the second oldest Catholic Church built for the African American population. Christ the King Catholic Church is a historical institution in the West Jackson community. The church served the community with zealous in the areas of Christian education, civil rights and justice, community outreach, promoting art and culture, and social service.

Monthly program will be observed focusing on the various ministries of the church. For more information contact: Theresa King at 601-519-2909, email:teekassociates@yahoo.com or John Robinson 601-672-6203 email:,jrobinson61@hotmail.com

Mo’ne Davis Plays Exhibition Game at JSU, Saturday

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Jackson State University will host former Little League pitching sensation Mo’ne Davis and the Anderson Monarchs of Philadelphia, Pa., as they take on a Richland Little League team in a free public exhibition game at JSU’s Robert “Bob” Braddy Field at noon Saturday, June 27, as part of the Monarchs’ barnstorming civil rights tour.

The Monarchs burst onto the national sports scene behind the talent of its female pitcher Mo’ne last summer. In August 2014, she became the first African-American girl to play in the Little League World Series and is the first girl to pitch a shutout and earn a win, which landed her on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

The now under-13 team, which is a week into its tour, includes many of the former Little Leaguers. Before making their way to Braddy Field, players will visit southern cities such as Jackson, where civil rights legends played key roles. The stop in Jackson will include a visit to the home where Medgar Evers lived.

The Monarchs already have made several other significant stops during their sojourn. They toured the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., where four young girls were killed during a bombing in 1963; and visited Atlanta Braves legend Hank Aaron, who shared his experience of growing up in Alabama.

For more information about the Anderson Monarchs and upcoming tours, visit http://andersonmonarchs.org/#.

Summer of Our Power, Chowke Lumumba Center

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Cooperation Jackson invites the people of Jackson, the state of Mississippi, and the Southern region to join them for the Summer of Our Power People’s Movement Assembly, which is a Climate Justice Alliance and US Social Forum Assembly on Friday, June 26th through Sunday, June 28th, 2015 at the Chokwe Lumumba Center for Economic Democracy and Development, located at 939 W. Capitol Street.

This Assembly will focus on how to broaden and expand the southern movement for climate justice and a just transition. Space for this Assembly is limited. Priority will be given to Southern based organizations and individuals and organizations affiliated with the Our Power Campaign, the Climate Justice Alliance, the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, the US Solidarity Economy Network, the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, and the Reinvest Network.

You can register at http://www.CooperationJackson.org or call 601-208-0090.


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