Jazz on the Plaza, Lynch St. Festival, JSU at the Zoo, & a Zumba Party

Jazz on the Plaza

The popular Jazz on the Plaza event at Jackson State University is set for 6:00-8:30 p.m. Friday, April 24. In case of rain, it will be held at the Rose E. McCoy auditorium.
The concert will feature ensembles from the department’s jazz program, including Jazz Ensemble I, Jazz Ensemble II and Vocal Jazz Ensemble, as well as guest artists.
The stage will be set up at the center of the Gibbs-Green Pedestrian Walkway on JSU’s main campus, 1400 John R. Lynch St. in Jackson.

The event is free and open to the public. You are encouraged to bring your lawn chair and sandwiches and have a good time.

For more information, call the Department of Music at 601-979-2141.

Lynch Street Festival

Come out and enjoy the 23rd Annual Lynch Street Cultural Arts Festival on Saturday. There will be live entertainment, food vendors, face painting, space jumps, a super slide and much much more. The event is free and starts at Noon and ends when the sun goes down.

JSU Day at the Zoo
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Jackson State University will celebrate a “Day at the Zoo” on Saturday, April 25, From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., a variety of fun activities and specials will be offered. They include: Small animals provided for petting and interaction, Food vendors, JSU mascot available for photos and “selfies,” JSU Band performance, Children’s Tiger face painting, Carousel rides (Only JSU general admission or JSU Zoo membership get a free carousel token that day).

Zumba Party at the JSU Rec Complex

Join the JSU Rec Complex on Saturday, April 25 from 7pm-9pm for a Zumba Party at the Walter Payton Center! The event cost $15.00 at the door, so don’t miss out on this fun, calorie burning, dance party!

There are so many positive things happening in West Jackson, come join us for an eventful weekend!

Electronic Waste & Paper Shred Day, Today

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Trying to Spring clean and get rid of old paper or electronics? Well today you can bring any unwanted electronics to the Mississippi Farmer’s Market, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. located at 929 High Street.
Recycling will eliminate electronic waste and paper from your office in an environmentally friendly way!

E Waste acceptable items: computers and components, desktop copiers, fax machines, radios, televisions, cell phones, DVD players and VCRs, monitors, keyboards, laptops, scanner, stereos, etc.

There is a $2 charge per monitor & $12 charge per television.

However all paper will be shredded for free.

For more information on this event please contact the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership – Niki Lowery (601) 948-7575 nlowery@greaterjacksonpartnership.com or
Keep Jackson Beautiful, Inc. – Marsha Hobson at (601)398-5219; keepjack@bellsouth.net

Scholarships Available for Camp Tiger Tails


The JSU Recreation Complex and OneFitJSU, provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield MS, have come together to offer fifty, $400 dollar Scholarships ($100 goes towards deposit) for camp Tiger Tails! All you need is proof that you receive free lunch at the current school the applicant attends (below is the application). You may have multiple applicants per family, but must submit one form per camper. These scholarships will be selected at random from all that apply and are eligible.

You must sign up for at least 7 weeks of camp and turn in application(s) and with proof of free lunch program no later than April 25, 2015.

Camp Tiger Tails 2015 begins Tuesday, May 26, 2015 through Friday, July 31, 2015. It is a full day of events and activities for children ages 5-16 that includes breakfast, lunch and snacks.

Pre-Registration begins now through May 1, 2015 for a special 15 % discounted rate. Sign up Today!

Please feel free to contact Arron Richardson at arron.l.richardson@jsums.edu or (601) 979-1638. For any additional information or concerns visit http://www.jsums.edu/paytoncenter/5-2/


Poet Nikki Giovanni Speaks at JSU, Thursday


Famed poet, activist and educator Nikki Giovanni is the keynote speaker at the opening of a photography exhibit documenting the black arts movement showing at Jackson State University.

Speaking at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at the JSU Student Center Theater, Giovanni will introduce Dr. Doris Derby’s documentary photography exhibit, “The Black Arts Movement, Black Power, and the Struggle for Civil Rights in America.”

Derby documented the civil rights movement as an activist. Now a retired Georgia State University anthropology professor, her photography shows many aspects of the movement as it was unfolding and features major women figures such as Myrlie Evers, Fannie Lou Hamer and Margaret Walker.

Giovanni is one of America’s best known African-American poets. In addition to collections of poetry (such as Re: Creation, Love Poems, and The Collected Poems of Nikki Giovanni), she has published several works of nonfiction, children’s literature and recordings, including the Emmy-award nominated The Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection.

Giovanni has taught at Rutgers University, Ohio State University, and Virginia Tech.

Those wishing to hear Giovanni speak should not be late for the program, said Dr. Robert Luckett, director of JSU’s Margaret Walker Center for the Study of the African-American Experience, which is sponsoring the event. “People will be there early. It will be full by 5:30,” Luckett predicts.

“This event is free and open to the public, and it will be immediately followed by the exhibition opening reception in the Johnson Hall Art Gallery,” Luckett said.

The program is part of the yearlong observance of the anniversary of Margaret Walker’s birth, titled This Is My Century: 2015 Margaret Walker Centennial.

Giovanni’s visit brings another layer of remembrance to the legacy of Margaret Walker, the late JSU professor known on campus by her married name of Margaret Walker Alexander.

Pecan Park Clean-Up Day & So Much More

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Keep Jackson Beautiful invites all Jacksonians to join this national clean-up event on Saturday, April 18th. Pecan Park will be cleaning up litter, painting, planting flowers, edging curbs, cleaning gutters, and trimming trees.

Volunteer registration begins at 7:30 am at 1004 Alta Vista & Central Blvd.

A city of Jackson roll-off dumpster will be located on the corner of Central and Alta Vista, so you can bring any large limbs and debris to the dumpster.

For more information contact Alyce Clarke at 601-354-5453, Fran Bridges at 601-454-6349, Annie Course at 601-573-8072, or Vernon Hartley at 601-566-9797.

This event qualifies for student community service hours.

Other activities for the weekend include

The JSU Recreation Complex is proud to host its 9th annual Sweetness “Fight Against Obesity” 5K Run/Walk and One Mile Fun Run on Saturday, April 18th. The purpose of this event is to increase obesity awareness in Mississippi and to promote physical activity in the community. 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 ending at the Walter Payton Center.

Registration begins at 6:00 am and the race starts at 8:00 am. There will be a health fair at the Walter Payton Center from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

The 4th Annual Trace Ride

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Super Neighborhoods Workshop

The City of Jackson will hold a Super Neighborhoods Workshop, inviting members of neighborhood associations, community groups, churches and local businesses to the rollout of Mayor Yarber’s new initiative to strengthen the city’s communities.

The workshop is on Saturday, April 18th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Jackson Police Academy located at 3000 St. Charles Street.

A super neighborhood is a geographically designated area where residents, civic organizations, institutions and businesses work together to identify, plan and set priorities to address the needs and the concerns of their communities.

“The whole point of a Super Neighborhood is to build capacity within communities, focusing on education, safety and community improvement,” said Mayor Tony T. Yarber.

The initiative is based on models in Houston and other cities. The super neighborhood elects a council comprised of area residents and stakeholders. The council identifies and implements priority projects for the area.

Workshop participants will receive instructions on how to create a Super Neighborhood and be shown the neighborhoods’ boundaries.

For more information contact Keyshia Sanders at 601.960.1084 or 601.906.8572 or by email at ksanders@city.jackson.ms.us.

Urban Kryptonite Film, Friday

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On Friday, April 17th, Urban Kryptonite will be aired at The Chokwe Lumumba Center for Economic Development and Democracy located at 939 W. Capitol Street. Urban Kryptonite: African Roots, Foreign Diseases is the first health documentary ever to delve deep into the mystifying quandary of disease and death in the African and African Diaspora community. This film addresses all of the folklore and propaganda associated with sickness in the black community.

At the conclusion of the film there will be a short 10 minute recess and a return for a Question & Answer session with the cast. The confirmed cast members present will be: Cochise Tarak-Saa (Executive Producer), D’jehuty Ma’at-ra(Executive Producer), Salahdeen Asad (Director) and Minister Enqi Sangreal (cast).

Tickets to the event will be $10 per day in advance and $20 at the door per day. (Note: Children under the age of 10 get in free and students with an ID will pay 50%). Tickets can be purchased at Bama Record Shop, 2618 Bailey Avenue Jackson, MS and where the event will be held. Anyone that wants to vend at the event, a vending table is $25 each day or $40 for two day vending table. (food, jewelry, natural soap products, etc).

For more information contact Alicia Crudup at 601-927-4131 or by email at alicia.crudup@yahoo.com

The Life Poindexter, Before & After

the life poindexter

In 2008, World of Life Church began rehabbing an abandon building at the corner of Capitol Street and Rose Street. The rehabilitation took almost a year and they tried to restore the building to fit with its architectural detail of the past. The building was built in 1946 and has been several businesses over the years including a bank. At some point the second story was covered by large white panels and the only visible windows were on the first floor.

That all changed with the rehabilitation of the building. Now there are 10 large windows on the second floor allowing for lots of light into the space. The building has been transformed in to a community outreach center called, “The Life Poindexter.” It has been in operation for three years and they assist students at Poindexter Elementary and George Elementary. Over the years they have been able to provide these schools with smart boards, computers, and internet access. They also are able to give families at these schools meals for the weekend.

The Poindexter Life Center is located at 1133 West Capitol Street.

For more information contact Tommie Brown, Outreach Director at tbrown@thelife.cc or check out their website at http://www.thelife.cc.

WESTerday Trivia Answer: Mrs. Betty Lyons

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Mrs. Betty Lyons came to Jackson, MS in 1961 to pursue her education at Jackson State University. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Language Arts from JSU and went on to get her Master’s degree in Library Science at the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis. She has been living in the West Jackson community for the past sixty years and most of her life she was a librarian for the MS State Department of Education.

She met her husband, Mr. Willie Lyons, at her mother’s church and they have been married for the past thirty years.

Mrs. Lyons retired in 2005 and enjoys working in the community. She became president of the University Park Neighborhood Association in 2005 and continues to be a leader in her community. She has planned several events, helped unveil the first West Jackson Neighborhood sign, and most recently garnered support for the Blackburn community garden.

Mrs. Lyons will participate in the Golden Class Reunion activities which will begin with the Golden Diploma Ceremony during the May Commencement on Friday, May 1, at 6pm. The Class of 1965 is trying to raise $100,000 for their class.

Below are some pictures from the Jackson State College yearbook of 1965.
All yearbooks are available for review at the Circulation desk in the Sampson Library.

Thank you for playing, WESTerday Trivia!

1965 final final

WESTerday Trivia

This West Jackson Neighborhood Association President received her Bachelor of Science degree in Language Arts from Jackson State University in 1965. She will be apart of the Golden Class Reunion and be recognized during Spring Commencement in May.

Which West Jackson Neighborhood Association President is it?

A) Felicia McClinton, Washington Addition President
B) Betty Lyons, University Park President
C) Oredell Calhoun, Jayne Avenue President
D) The Honorable Alyce Clark, Pecan Park President

Answer revealed at 4 p.m. The first person to answer the question correctly (on FB or the blog) will win a gift card to Koinonia Coffee House.

“Selma, The Bridge to the Ballot,” Tonight

SPLC Selma Screening Flyer, 4.3.15 (1)

The Southern Poverty Law Center is organizing a film screening tonight, Tuesday, April 7th at 5:00 pm at the Historic Alamo Theater. The film itself was produced by SPLC’s Teaching Tolerance program and focuses on the role of student activists in Selma in the period leading up to the passage of the seminal Voting Rights Act of 1965. It is geared toward an audience of diverse ages, from middle school on up.

The April 7th event will include a screening of the film, to be followed by a 45-60 minute panel discussion of civil rights since that time. The panel will focus on the legal evolution of and battles surrounding voting rights in Mississippi over the course of the past 50 years. Panelists are prominent civil rights leaders and some of the best legal minds in the state, including: Derrick Johnson, the President of the Mississippi chapter of the NAACP; Attorney Brad Pigott of Pigott and Johnson; and Attorney Carroll Rhodes.

The event is free and open to the public.

There will be food, catered by Julep, and drinks will be provided.


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