Think fast: what happens in February? I’m sure the ladies are affectionately screaming “awwww…it’s Valentine’s Day” while some of the guys are loathfully mumbling “awwww…it’s Valentine’s Day”.
If you answered Valentine’s Day, then yes, you are absolutely right; but that was absolutely not the answer I was looking for. If you answered Black History Month, then pat yourself on the back–you read my mind!
February signifies the official celebration of Black History–history that undoubtedly takes place all year, every year. Recently, a new venue opened in West Jackson that will be a valuable asset for teaching another portion of the Civil Rights Movement in Black History. That venue is known as the COFO Complex.
Located at 1017 John R. Lynch Street, the centerpiece of the COFO Complex is the renovated former headquarters of the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO). COFO was formed as an umbrella organization for the civil rights efforts of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), NAACP, Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). (make sure to visit our previous post on COFO for more information on the organization)
The COFO Complex is open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The facility can be viewed at other times by appointment. For more information, contact Dr. Daphne Chamberlain at (601) 979-1561.