The Koinonia Coffee Shop opened in 2008 and shortly after it opened, Dr. Bill Cooley started meeting their with a small group, on Friday mornings. One day, Dr. Cooley told the owner, “Mayor Harvey Johnson will be coming to talk next Friday.” Mrs. Lee Harper obliged by adding a few more chairs for this Friday meeting. But on that Friday, there were so many people in attendance that they had to stand on the porch and listen. From that day forward, Koinonia began hosting ‘Friday Forums’ at 9:00 am every Friday. Guest speakers have included, city officials, private investors, and non-profits.
We want to recognize Koinonia Coffee House for their meaningful contributions to West Jackson. Koinonia provides a safe place for people from all backgrounds to come and share information. Mrs. Harper said it is very important to have a dialogue about the community, but even more important to have place in the community to foster that dialogue.
Mrs. Harper said, “No matter how difficult the topic, people feel comfortable sharing information in this space.”
In the future, she hopes people will take the information that is shared at Friday Forums and use it to do meaningful actions in the city.
We say thank you to Koinonia for creating this truly unique space in West Jackson.
Koinonia is located at 136 S. Adams St. and their hours of operation are Monday-Saturday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. They serve a full breakfast and lunch menu and our booking space for holiday events. Call 601-960-3008 to learn more.
Did you know West Jackson is right next to Downtown Jackson and the gateway from West Jackson to Downtown Jackson is the Parkway? Well the new owners of the Iron Horse Grill saw this great economic potential and they invested. The newly renovated Iron Horse Grill is located at the crossroads between Downtown Jackson and West Jackson. West Central Jackson is a phenomenal place to be, so when you get a chance go visit the Iron Horse Grill.
Here is a performance during the grand opening week.
Alignment Jackson and Jackson Public Schools invite you to attend and participate in a Town Hall meeting tonight at 6:00 p.m. at Blackburn Middle School. The purpose of the meeting is to share information with you about Alignment Jackson and create a public forum to discuss education and community partnerships in the City of Jackson.
Meeting discussions will focus on:
• Alignment Jackson
• National events that impact the City of Jackson
• JPS strategic plans and goals
For more information, please contact Councilman Tony Yarber at email@example.com or (601) 960-1089.
Where: Blackburn Middle School, 1311 West Pearl Street
When: Thursday, December 5th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
The JSU football team is leaving today to play in the SWAC Championship. All those who want to cheer on the team as they leave for Texas should come out this morning and support them. The cheerleaders and the Sonic Boom of the South will be performing as well. It is a beautiful morning, it is almost Friday, and JSU is going to the SWAC, so come out and roar on those Tigers.
Where: T.B. Ellis Parking Lot
When: Thursday, December 5th
Time: 10:00 a.m.
JSU will take on Southern University in the SWAC title game on Saturday, Dec. 7 at Reliant Stadium. Kick-off is set for 1:00 pm and the game will be aired on ESPNU.
“Holidays Under the Stars,” was a magical night! I hope you enjoy the pictures.
This time of year is a time to reflect, love, and be thankful for our blessings. West Jackson is thankful for you and your willingness to celebrate all the positive things going on in our community. We LOVE you!
The community is invited to join Jackson State University on Dec. 3 for “Holidays Under the Stars,” an event featuring train rides, refreshments and family activities with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus.
JSU’s Gibbs-Green Plaza will become a holiday wonderland on Dec. 3, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Children and adults can take pictures with Santa and listen to holiday stories told by Mrs. Claus. There also will be holiday crafts, caroling, musical guests and a tree lighting ceremony.
“The holiday season is a time for family, and this is JSU’s way of welcoming the community into our family,” said JSU President Carolyn W. Meyers. “We want to create joyful memories.”
Where: Corner of Dalton St. & Lynch St.
When: Tuesday, December 3rd
Time: 5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.
The zoo will be open regular hours Thursday Nov. 28th, Thanksgiving Day; and admission is free! This is being sponsored by Cal-Maine Foods, Inc.. This is a day to bring the family out and walk around before or after that big meal – and to say thank you for supporting the Jackson Zoo!
The Jackson Zoo is open every day except Christmas. They are open spring, fall, and winter from 9:00am – 5:00pm.
The Jackson Zoo is located at 2918 West Capitol Street in Jackson, MS. The Zoo is easily accessible from I-20, I-220, and I-55. For more information or to book a party call (601) 352-2580.
On last Thursday, students, faculty and staff of the College of Public Service at JSU met at Blackburn Middle School to help distribute turkeys and non perishable items to families in need. Participants gathered around with smiling faces and helping hands to unload, organize and pack boxes with all the fixings for a Thanksgiving dinner. The spirit of giving could be felt in the air!
The Dean’s Office and its’ three schools – Health Sciences, Policy and Planning and Social Work – collected non-perishable food and monetary donations. Twenty-five turkeys were also donated from Mississippi Faith Based Coalition for Community Renewal, Inc.. Dr. Justin Green, principal of Blackburn Middle School, stated the recipients of the food boxes were selected from a drawing that was held at the school. On Friday, November 22nd, there were a total of 25 boxes that were prepared and presented to the parents of the students who names were drawn.
In addition to the food collected, the College of Public Service and the College of Education and Human Development raised over $1,600 dollars that was donated to Blackburn Middle School as well. Principal Green said that the financial support would go toward buying students’ backpacks, uniforms, and other needs.
Tis to the season of giving!
Al Sharpton spoke about the Scottsboro Boys last night on his MSNBC show, “Politics Nation.” Please click on the link below.
Authentic photos from the trial are now on display in Johnson Hall at Jackson State University. In 1998, the Morgan County Commission acquired photographs from the estate of Fred Hiroshige, who worked as a photographer in Decatur for decades, for the permanent collection of the Morgan County Archives. Some of the images have been used in documentaries and publications, but many are on public display for the first time in this exhibition.
What: The Scottsboro Boys Photograph Exhibit
Where: Johnson Hall, JSU Main Campus
When: Exhibit lasts until December 13th
For more information on this exhibit and related programs, contact Rachel Jarman Myers at the
ISJL (601-362-6357) or Robert Luckett at the Margaret Walker Center (601-979-2055). You can
also visit http://www.isjl.org and http://www.jsums.edu/margaretwalkercenter.
Roshanda Booker is the hair expert you need to see. She is offering the community special discounts this week on all her services. This includes natural hair care services, weaving, treatments, color and so much more. So if you need to get the roots touched up or you are trying to get a new look, visit the JSU Hair Studio for a free consultation.
***Specials include $10 off any service valued at $40+ until November 27th, 2013.
For more information contact Mrs. Booker at 601-979-7004
HOURS OF OPERATION: Monday 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Tuesday- Friday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Saturday 7:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
Located in JSU Student Center.
The salon takes the JSU super card, credit cards, and cash.