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 or contact the Center’s staff at 601-979-2055 or

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

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, or John Robinson 601-672-6203 email:,

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

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 or call 601-208-0090.

Welcome Center to Host Safety Seminar, Today

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To celebrate National Safety Month, the JSU Welcome Center will host a safety seminar on Tuesday, June 23, from noon until 1 p.m. in the Welcome Center. The seminar will provide helpful techniques for self defense for men and women.

The guest speaker is Lindsey Horton, associate vice president of safety and security at Jackson State University. Horton has served on the Jackson Police Department’s SWAT Team and holds 21 instructor certifications relative to law enforcement. He is also a master instructor of martial arts and holds the rank of 8th degree Black Belk in Taekwondo. Faculty, staff, students and members of the community are invited to the free seminar.

There will be refreshments and door prizes.

You can RSVP at 601-979-0883.

MPB Hosts Summer Learning Fun Day, Saturday


Join Mississippi Public Broadcasting for the Summer Learning Family Fun Day, Saturday, June 20, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Jackson Convention Complex.

The event will be featuring many PBS KIDS® character presentations along with special performances, hands on learning stations, vendors, give-a-ways and many other attractions.

MPB is also collaborating with other organizations to call attention to the importance of summer learning opportunities and celebrate the impact of high-quality programs in curbing the harmful effects of summer learning loss.

The event is free and open to the public.

Register online at

Juneteeth Celebration at Battlefield Park, Saturday


The City of Jackson, in conjunction with the Juneteeth Jackson Foundation, WRBJ 97.7, and Jackson Black Pages, presents Juneteenth Jackson 2015, set for Saturday, June 20 at Battlefield Park from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Juneteenth, also known as “Freedom Day”, or “Emancipation Day”, is a holiday recognized in many southern states in the U.S. It commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas in June 1865, and more generally the emancipation of African-American slaves throughout the Confederate South.

The Juneteenth event will feature history presentations, music, dance, and spoken word. There will be live performances from several Jackson artists, food vendors, and activities for children.

For more info contact: Brad Franklin 601.960.1537 or or Monique Mapp 601.405.4262.

Jackson Zoo Gets New Artwork & Signs

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On Thursday, June 11th, the traffic signal box that is located on the corner of Capitol St. and Parkside Dr. was unveiled to the community. Over the past two weeks, the art work was completed by Brittany Calhoun. Ms. Calhoun is a native Jacksonian, attended Power APAC and graduated from Murrah High School. She chose JSU because of their art department. She is currently a Junior at JSU majoring in Fine Arts with a concentration in Painting.

The traffic signal box was painted with a zoo theme that includes a tiger, giraffe, zebra, and a parrot. The artwork really brightens up the corner of the Jackson Zoo and is breathing life into the Capitol Street Corridor. In addition to the new painting, the Jackson Zoo has also had new directional signs put up around the city. Below is a picture of just one the new signs.

This project was spearheaded by the Center for University-Based Development (CUBD) at JSU and the Zoo Area Progressive Partnership (ZAPP). These organizations worked together to provide Ms. Calhoun with $500 dollars for her work.

CUBD encourages all neighborhood associations in the West Jackson community to collaborate and adopt a traffic signal box in their neighborhood. CUBD will partner with you to get it painted.

Please contact Heather Wilcox at 601-979-5828 or by email at if this is something your neighborhood is interested in.

Special thanks to our partners!

Mr. Discount Drugs
City of Jackson
JSU Art Department
Atmos Energy
Voice of Calvary

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