College to host MLK Day Symposium

January 4, 2018

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s mission was to abolish the Jim Crow laws of segregation in America. In observance of MLK Day on Monday, Jan. 15, Jackson College will host a symposium entitled “Experiencing Jim Crow,” offering a historical perspective of these laws and times in our nation’s history. The Symposium will be held at 3 p.m. in the Bert Walker Hall, Community Rooms 144-145.

College and community members are invited to learn more about what the Jim Crow laws were, how they impacted society, what it was like experiencing segregation, and their elimination. Panelists for the event include:

  • ·Woodrow Wilson, retired Jackson college professor who taught African-American history;
  • Farris Coppage, retired school principal who was born and raised in the South at the time of Jim Crow laws;
  • Diana Agy, Jackson College professor, who teaches African-American literature;
  • Spring Arbor University Professor Dr. Paul Patton, who taught at a historically black college and university and will discuss how these HBCUs came about;
  • Charles Anderson, retired Michigan Department of Corrections warden who helped break the color barrier for wardens in the state;
  • Harold White Jr., son of a civil rights activist;
  • Benny Poole, musician and entertainer during the Jim Crow era;
  • Austin Gates, African-American history teacher.

This free community event is presented by Jackson College and hosted by its Office of Multicultural Affairs. Any questions, please contact Lee Hampton, director, at 517.796.8470.

MLK Symposium