John R. Lynch Street is a very humble street. So humble, that the street’s abundant history often goes unnoticed. In the 1960s, it was a place of civil rights strategy and demonstration. The street has felt the footsteps of Medgar Evers as he journeyed back and forth to his office as well as Dr. Martin Luther King who was present at Mr. Evers’ funeral. It has been the home of the WOKJ radio station (predecessor to WJMI), has heard the beautiful melodies of Lena Horne and has snickered at the socially conscious jokes of Dick Gregory at the Masonic Temple. John R. Lynch Street has also read the breaking news of the Mississippi Free Press and cried at the bloodshed of the innocent young men who died from the gunshots of police officers in 1967 AND 1970. It has hosted crowds to feature movies at the Grand/Ebony theater and has been tickled by the bicycle tires of grocery delivery boys who ran beelines from the street’s grocery stores to the area’s residents
Yes, John R. Lynch Street has a story to tell and as college students scurry to class and West Jackson’s visitors tend to their daily duties, many are unaware of the fullness of this history. Jackson State University hopes to change this. On September 30, the University will facilitate a discussion with the community, local business owners, and local organizations. The topics for discussion include economic development, historic preservation, and educational programming ideas for John R. Lynch Street.
This meeting is free and open to the public and will take place at the newly renovated COFO Complex at 1017 John R. Lynch Street (next to the JSU Baseball field) at 6 p.m. on September 30th.
As you prepare for the meeting, make sure that you complete the pre-meeting survey. Even if you aren’t able to attend the meeting, we encourage your ideas. It is a very short, 4-question survey. Help us proclaim the history and revitalize the energy of John R. Lynch Street.
Event: Lynch Street Corridor Discussion
Date: September 30, 2010
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: COFO Complex (1017 John R. Lynch Street–next to JSU baseball field)
Please complete the online survey prior to the meeting: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LynchStreetCorridor