Conference to Focus on Civil Rights

The Second Annual National Civil Rights Conference, June 17-19 at the Pearl River Resort, coincides with the anniversary week of the deaths of three civil rights workers in Neshoba County 48 years ago.

The conference is co-hosted by Philadelphia Mayor James Young and Meridian Mayor Cheri Barry.

Schedule of Events:

Ecumenical Service and Awards Presentation
Sunday Evening, June 17, 2012
6:00 – 7:30
Jerusalem Temple Church
414 Ivy Street
Philadelphia, MS 39350
(601) 656-5339

Prelude................................................................................................................................... Music Ministry
Processional........................................................................................................................... Music Ministry
Invocation................................................................................................................... Rev. James A. Young
Calvary Apostolic Church
Hymn................................................................................................ First Stanza: Lift Every Voice and Sing
Welcome.................................................................................. Elder Stan Jones, Jerusalem Temple Church
Mr. Charles Judon, Mt. Nebo MB Church
Miss Anna Powell, Neshoba County Miss Hospitality-2012
Mr. Obie Riley, Supervisor, District 5
Greetings.............................................................. Honorable James A. Young, Mayor of Philadelphia, MS
Honorable Cheri M. Barry, Mayor of Meridian, MS
Mr. Cecil Nicholas, Alderman, Ward 4
Introduction of Speaker................................................ Mrs. Shae Williams, Horizon Church International
Hymn..................................................................................................................................... Music Ministry
Speaker……………………………... Bishop Ronnie C. Crudup, Sr., New Horizon Church International
Annual Awards for Civil Rights and Social Justice.................................................. Mayor Cheri M. Barry
Mayor James A. Young
2012 Conference Planning Committee
Closing Remarks...................................................................................................... Mayor James A. Young
Mayor Cheri M. Barry
Dr. Keith D. Parker, Planning Committee
Recessional............................................................................................................................ Music Ministry
Postlude................................................................................................................................. Music Ministry

Agenda, June 18 – 19, 2012
Monday, June 18, 2012 Silver Star Hotel
7:30 – 9:00 Breakfast and Opening Keynote Convention Center Ballroom
Presiding: Dr. Keith D. Parker
2012 Conference Planning Committee Chair

Speaker: Jerry Mitchell
Investigative Reporter, The Clarion-Ledger
MacArthur Fellow | Class of 2009
9:10 – 10:40 Session I-A Rooms 1 & 2
Politics 2012: Our Voice, Our Votes, Our Community
Moderator: John Johnson, WTOK-TV

Panelists: Honorable Cheri M. Barry
Mayor, Meridian, MS

Honorable James A. Young
Mayor, Philadelphia, MS

Session I-B Panel Discussion I Room 3
Community Coalitions Development
Panelists:
· National Action Network
· Mississippi Faith-Based Coalition
· Strengthening Families and Communities Coalition

10:45 – 12:15 Session II-A Rooms 1 & 2
Before Montgomery: The Civil Rights Movement
in Florida and the Legacy of Harry T. Moore
William E. Gary, President
Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Cultural Complex, Inc.

Lynching in America: What Where the Primary
Motivations Behind Lynchings in the Early Half
of the 20th Century?
Edward S. Abdella
Meridian High School

Session II-B Panel Discussion II Room 3
Community Coalitions Development
Panelists:
· National Action Network
· Mississippi Faith-Based Coalition
· Strengthening Families and Communities Coalition
Session II-C Workshop for Boys and Girls Clubs Rooms 4 & 5
Teen Empowerment I: Getting Through School!
12:30 – 2:15 Luncheon Keynote Convention Center Ballroom
Presiding: Miss Anna Powell
Neshoba County Miss Hospitality-2012

Luncheon Speaker: Joan Sadoff, M.Ed., MSW
Editor, Pieces From the Past: Voices of Heroic Women in Civil Rights
Producer, Philadelphia, Mississippi: Untold Stories and Standing on
My Sisters' Shoulders

2:30 – 3:30 Sessions III-A&B Rooms 1 & 2
Standing on My Sisters' Shoulders (2002, 60 minutes)
A film by Joan Sadoff, Dr. Robert Sadoff and Laura J. Lipson

Session III-C Workshop for Boys and Girls Clubs Rooms 4 & 5
Teen Empowerment II: Thinking About College!
3:30 – 5:00 Sessions IV-A&B Rooms 1 & 2
Panel Discussion of Standing on My Sisters' Shoulders
Moderator: Eva Tisdale
2012 Planning Committee Member
Panelists:
Joan Sadoff
Constance Iona Slaughter-Harvey
Flonzie Brown Wright
Session IV-C Workshop for Boys and Girls Clubs Rooms 4 & 5
Teen Empowerment III: Thinking About A Job!
7:00 PM Truth to Power Panel Discussion Rooms 1 & 2
Pastor Henry Joseph and a panel of local citizens will discuss “freedom
songs” that became an important motivating force during the civil
rights movement and the role local individuals played in the Philadelphia
(MS) civil rights movement. The panel discussion, moderated by Pastor
Henry, will include members of Mount Zion United Methodist Church
and Mt. Nebo Missionary Baptist Church.

Moderator:
Pastor Henry Joseph
Missions Pastor, New Horizon Church International

Panelists:
Pastor Henry Joseph, Missions Pastor, New Horizon Church International
Charles Judon, Mt. Nebo Missionary Baptist Church
Ethel McCarty, Mt. Nebo Missionary Baptist Church
Jewel McDonald, Mount Zion United Methodist Church
Evelyn Calloway, Mount Zion United Methodist Church
Charles Brown

Agenda, June 18 – 19, 2012
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 Silver Star Hotel
7:30 – 9:00 Breakfast and Opening Keynote Convention Center Ballroom
Presiding: Dr. Stephen Middleton
Mississippi State University

Speaker: Fred Clark
(In 1961 young Fred Clark joined the Freedom Riders in Jackson in an
effort to desegregate the bus system. Clark along with more than 300
other freedom riders overwhelmed the jail system in Jackson and helped
to force the de-segregation of the buses)

9:10 – 10:40 Session V-A Rooms 1 & 2
Foot Soldiers: Class of 1964
Dr. Georgianne Thomas
Clark Atlanta University

Reverend Alvelyn Sanders

Clean Water and Green Justice: A Call for Participation
Jesse Storr
Global Water LLC

Session V-B Workshop Room 3
Advancing Civil Rights Through Publishing
Gaining Momentum to Publish: Eight Simple Steps to Getting
Professional Publications - Tips for Junior & Emerging
Scholars
Dr. Toni Sims-Muhammad, University of Louisiana, Lafayette

An Exceptional Minority: White Mississippians Who Supported
Social Change, Justice, and Equality for All Mississippians,
1954 – 1974
Charles Dollar

Session V-C Rooms 4 & 5
Obesity Prevention: Using Lessons Learned
from Tobacco Prevention
Sandra Shelson, Executive Director
The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi

10:45 – 12:15 Session VI-A Rooms 1 & 2
Shadows of the Past, Reflections for the Future
This film (15 minutes) describes some of the people
and events that shaped the Harry T. and Harriette V.
Moore Memorial Park - a not-for-profit corporation
established to enhance programmatic activities and to
form cooperative working relationships with academic,
corporate and cultural institutions throughout the nation.
Presenter: William E. Gary

The Death of Booty: The American Black Woman
as Captured Commodity: Misogyny, Sexism and
Black Woman Empowerment in the 21st Century
Dr. Toni Sims-Muhammad
University of Louisiana, Lafayette

Session VI-B Room 3
They’re Taking These Scars Away: Memory,
Civil Rights and the Jackson State Shootings
Dr. Nancy K. Bristow
University of Puget Sound

Fair Housing as a Civil and Human Right: The Rise of the
Black Middle Class - From the G.I. Bill to H.U.D.
Edward S. Abdella
Meridian High School

Ronald Turner, Sr., Executive Director
Meridian Housing Authority

Session VI-C Workshop for Boys and Girls Clubs Rooms 4 & 5
Teen Empowerment I: Getting Through School!

12:30 – 2:15 Luncheon Keynote Convention Center Ballroom
Media and the Civil Rights Movement
Presiding: Alice Tisdale
(Editor and Publisher, The Jackson Advocate)
Panelists:
Othor Cain, Editor, Mississippi Link Newspaper
Lynda LeDean, Freelance Journalist
Dr. Jerry Domatob, Professor
Mass Communications, Alcorn State University

2:30 – 3:30 Session VII-A Workshop Rooms 1 & 2
Understanding Racism in Criminal Justice Systems and
other Public and Private Institutions
Robert Moore

Session VII-B Room 3
Incorporating Sympathizers on the Right into the Freedom
Fight”: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1961 Chapel Address
at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary as a Historical
and Contemporary Method of Incorporating Young
Evangelicals into the Freedom Movement
Rev. Jeffrey K. Hood, Jr. (Ph.D. student)
University of Mississippi

The Quest of Strong Public Schools: The Long Journey,
From 1954 to "No Child Left Behind"
Edward S. Abdella
Meridian High School

Mike VanVeckhoven
New South Ford Motor Company

Session VII-C Workshop for Boys and Girls Clubs Rooms 4 & 5
Teen Empowerment II: Thinking About College!

3:30 – 5:00 Session VIII-A Rooms 1 & 2
The Biblical Foundation of Social Justice and Civil
Rights: Why Fox News' Glenn Beck and Jerry
Falwell, Jr. are Wrong
Dr. Joseph Osei
Fayetteville State University

Dr. Paul Boaheng
Fayetteville State University

Measuring the Movement: From Brown v. Board of Education
to Barak Obama – Selected Achievements and Lessons from the
Civil Rights Movements

Dr. Keith D. Parker, University of Georgia

Dr. Ernest L. Brothers, University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Dr. Komanduri S. Murty, Fort Valley State University

Claire Whitlinger (Ph.D. Student), University of Michigan

Session VIII-B Room 3
Jury Selection: U. S. Supreme Court in
Edmonson v. Leesville Concrete Company,
Inc. (1991)
Thaddeus D. Edmonson, Ann Chapman
Denise Brooks and Reverend Jerry James

Session VIII-C Workshop for Boys and Girls Clubs Rooms 4 & 5
Teen Empowerment III: Thinking About A Job!


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