Former students from MCTC’s Race in America: Then and Now course collaborated to host an exhibit of photography from the summer civil rights course over years past. The exhibit, a prominent feature in this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service at the College, runs until Saturday, Jan. 31. A closing ceremony will take place this day from 10:30 a.m.–3 p.m. in the T Skyway, featuring a guest of honor who helped shape the civil rights movement.
The course, offered through the Higher Education Consortium of Urban Affairs (HECUA) and taught by MCTC Political Science Faculty Lena Jones, gives students the opportunity to travel to the southern United States to meet civil rights Movement leaders, visit historical civil rights sights and make connections between past and present struggles for justice and equality. MCTC is a member of the HECUA consortium and the MCTC Foundation generously awards scholarships to MCTC students taking part in the course.
The reception will feature singing, storytelling, discussions, reflections and an esteemed guest of honor: civil rights leader Hollis Watkins. Watkins has been immersed in the struggle for racial and economic justice for over 50 years. He was the first Mississippi student to become involved in 1961 in the Mississippi Voting Rights Project of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and since then, has co-founded several organizations including the Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement and Southern Echo, an organization dedicated to providing leadership development, technical assistance, and training to grassroots organizations across the south and southwestern US.
The day’s events will take place as follows:
- 10:30–11:00 a.m.—Reception Opens (T Skyway)
- 11 a.m.–noon—The Civil Rights Movement Through Song: Singing and storytelling with Mr. Hollis Watkins (T Skyway)
- 12:30–2 p.m.—Organizing and Movement Building: Past and Present: A Discussion with Mr. Hollis Watkins [Location To Be Determined]
- 2:15–3 p.m.—Closing reflections and song with Mr. Hollis Watkins and contributors to the Race in America, Then and Now photo exhibit (T Skyway)