Michael Vinson Williams

African American History
Twentieth Century America
Africa

232 Allen Hall
Mississippi State University
Mailbox H
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Phone: 662-325-3604
E-mail: mwilliams@history.msstate.edu

Education
Academic Career
Presentations
Publications
Honors and Awards


EDUCATION:

    Doctor of Philosophy University of Mississippi, Department of History; December 2007.

    Master of Arts University of Mississippi, Department of History; December 2004.

    Bachelor of Arts University of Mississippi, Department of History; December 2000 (History and

    Sociology).

DISSERTATION:

    Medgar Wiley Evers and the Meaning of Civil Rights Struggle in Mississippi, 1925-1963: A Biographical Assessment

    The study examines the personal, familial, and political life of Medgar Wiley Evers, Mississippi's first Field Secretary for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). It analyzes the meaning of civil rights struggle in Mississippi and the role that Evers played in the African American quest for social, economic, and political equality on both the state and national levels. Dissertation Readers: Dr. Charles K. Ross (Chair), Dr. Ted Ownby, Dr. Angela Hornsby-Gutting, and Dr. Ethel Young-Minor (English)

    Doctoral Comprehensive Examination Fields:

    Major Field: History of the United States 1877 to Present.

    Minor Field: African American History 1865 to Present.

    Minor Field: Nineteenth-and Twentieth-Century Colonial and Imperial Africa with an emphasis on Slavery.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

    Bennie Gordon Thompson Endowed Chair in the Social Sciences and Dean, Division of Social Sciences(August 2013-)
    Tougaloo College


    Adjunct Professor of History and African American Studies (August 2013)-
    Mississippi State University, Department of History


    Assistant Professor of History and African American Studies (August 2008 to July 2013)
    Mississippi State University, Department of History

    Graduate courses taught:
    Readings and Interpretations of the Modern Civil Rights Movement

    Undergraduate courses taught:
    African American History and Culture
    The History of the Modern Civil Rights Movement
    Modern U.S. History Survey
    Introduction to African American Studies
    Historiography and Historical Methods
    African American Leaders of the Twentieth Century
    African American History to 1865
    African American History Since 1865
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    Adjunct Professor (January 2008 to June 2008)
    University of Mississippi, Department of History

    The African American Experience I
    African American History from 1865 to Present
    History of the United States, 1877 to Present


    Adjunct Instructor August 2007 to December 2007

    Rust College, Department of Social Sciences

    Undergraduate courses taught:

    History of the United States I & II

    Special Education Teacher (August 2002- May 2003) Coffeeville Elementary School, Coffeeville, MS Responsible for creating and executing lesson plans that enhanced student's ability to grasp information at the fifth, sixth, and seventh grade level in Math and Science. Responsibilities also included working with mainstream students at the seventh grade level, monitoring student interactions, serving as mentor, and providing outlets for discussion that helped students fashion solutions and enhance problem solving skills.

    Project Fatherhood Coordinator (October 2001- August 2002)

    Family Crisis Services of Northwest Mississippi, Inc., Oxford, M Responsible for designing, organizing, and implementing community programs for Lafayette County geared toward educating individuals about responsible parenting, positive choices, and life skills development.  Responsibilities also included social research and analysis, serving on hiring committees, case management, curriculum development and seminar instruction, and the recruitment of fathers and potential fathers to participate in fatherhood related workshops and family-oriented programs. As coordinator, the position required budget and grant management, organizing and implementing father/child education-based fieldtrips, national networking and workshop participation, as well as frequent meetings with city officials, school teachers and administrators, hospital staff and administrators, social workers and local court officers, and area government and business officials to ensure program support and expansion.

PRESENTATIONS:

    Medgar Evers: Mississippi Martyr, Presentation and Book Signing, Nightbird Bookstore, Fayetteville, Arkansas, April 27, 2012.

    Medgar Evers: Mississippi Martyr, Presentation and Reading, Arkansas Literary Festival, Little Rock, Arkansas, April 14, 2012.

    "Economic Resistance: The NAACP, White Supremacy, and the Battle for Socioeconomic Empowerment in Mississippi, 1954-1956," National Council for Black Studies, 36th Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, March 8, 2012.

    Panel moderator for Second General Session of the Mississippi Historical Society's Annual Meeting. The panel dealt with Mississippi's American Indians, the War of 1812 and the Creek Indian Wars, Mississippi University for Women, Columbus, Mississippi, March 2, 2012.

    Medgar Evers: Mississippi Martyr, Book Signing and Presentation, University of Mississippi, February 29, 2012.

    Taped interview with the University of Mississippi journalism graduate students regarding Medgar Evers, his legacy and the need for personal responsible activism, University of Mississippi, February 29, 2012.

    "From Beneath the Shade of Giant Trees: Medgar Wiley Evers and Civil Rights Resistance and Responsibility in Mississippi," Alcorn State University Lecture Series, February 22, 2012.

    Medgar Evers: Mississippi Martyr, African American Studies Talking About Books Lecture Series, Mississippi State University, February 14, 2012.

    "From Just Can See in the Morning, to Can't See at Night: Civil Rights Activism and Resistance in the Life of Medgar Wiley Evers," J.D. Williams Library Archives and Special Collections Brown Bag Lecture Series, University of Mississippi, February 10, 2012.

    Moderator for the 18th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Breakfast, Mississippi State University, January 16, 2012

    "Eudora Welty and Black Representations: Novelist Symbols of Racial Place and Space in the Deep South" Panel presentation for "Where is the Voice Coming From," Mississippi State University, November 10, 2011.

    "State Ballots, White Bullets, and Black Resistance: Voting Rights and the Meaning of Social Struggle in Mississippi," San Francisco State University Rights Conference, San Francisco, California (September 16, 2011)

    Panel Chair/Commentator for panel "If You're Gon' Be A Leader, Don't Stay Behind," 28th Fannie Lou Hamer Annual Memorial Symposium "We Are Not Afraid": Youth Activism & The Mississippi Freedom Struggle, Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi (October 6, 2011).

    "Any 'Man With an Ounce of Pride Who Works in the Delta Soon Wants to Do Something': Medgar Wiley Evers and Grassroots Activism in Mississippi," Mississippi Historical Society's Annual Meeting (March 3-5, 2011).

    "One Particularly Bloody Year and Its  Aftermath: Medgar Wiley Evers and the Meaning of Civil Rights Activism in Mississippi," Cottonlandia Museum, Brown Bag Lecture Series, Greenwood, Mississippi (February 17, 2011).

    "As I Live, Breathe and Write History: The Need to Understand the Past to Protect the Future," Community Youth Achievers, Inc., Monthly Community Lecture Series, Hermanville, Mississippi (January 23, 2011).

    "We Can No Longer Stand Still and Wait: Student Activism and the National Mandate for Civil Rights Struggle," University of Southern Mississippi's A Centennial Celebration of Civil Rights Conference, Hattiesburg, Mississippi (October 21-23, 2010).

    "The Struggle for Black Citizenship: Medgar Wiley Evers and the Fight for Civil Rights in Mississippi." Porter L. Fortune, Jr. History Symposium. University of Mississippi (February 18-20, 2010).

    Panel Respondent/discussant for "On the Move: Issues of Blackness" and "Movers and Movements Affecting African Americans: A New Take--Internationalism" for the Southern Conference on African American Studies, Inc. (SCASSI), Jackson, Mississippi (February 11-13, 2010). I also served as a judge for the Hornsby Quiz Bowl. 

    "From Negro History Week to Black History Month: Carter G. Woodson's Vision for Black Recognition and Reflection." Let s Speak On It, Holmes Cultural Diversity Center, Mississippi State University (February 10, 2010).

    Interview with WTVA News (MS) regarding the importance and significance of Black History month celebrations. (February 10, 2010).

    Moderator for the Plenary Keynote Address by Professor Sonia Sanchez. 16th Annual African American Student Leadership Conference. Rust College, Holly Springs, Mississippi (January 15-16, 2010).

    "Reclaiming Our Heritage: Nia (Purpose): the Fifth Principle of Kwanzaa." Mid-South Kwanzaa Incorporated. Memphis, Tennessee (December 30, 2009).

    "Medgar Wiley Evers, the Issue of Race, and the Struggle for Power in Mississippi." Southern Historical Association (SHA), 75th Annual Conference. Louisville, Kentucky (November 7, 2009).

    Presentation: "Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer and the Human Approach to Civil Rights Struggle." Also served as moderator for a round table discussion addressing the "Role of Afrikan-centered Socialization Process in Rites of Passage Training for Parenting & Child-rearing Skill Development." Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom School and Culture Center (October 31, 2009).

    "The Association for the Study of African American Life and History Revisited." An open address to students regarding the history of the organization, the importance of individuals such as Carter G. Woodson and John Hope Franklin to the historical profession and the importance and legacy of ASALH's annual conference. Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom School and Culture Center (October 26, 2009).

    "Being a Black Man: At the Corner of Progress and Peril." One of six panelists addressing the social, political and cultural problems facing African American males today and possible solutions for overcoming adversities. Presented by Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. Mississippi State University (October 12, 2009).

    "From the Mouth of Babes to the Voice of Elders: The Role of Youth Leadership in the Preservation of Culture and Community Empowerment." Community Youth Achievers, Inc., Hermanville, Mississippi (September, 19, 2009).

    "'You Shall See Me in the Whirlwind': Marcus Moziah Garvey and the Necessity of Continued Struggle." Annual Marcus Garvey Day Celebration, Marcus Garvey Institute and Teaching Academy, Memphis, Tennessee (August 15, 2009).

    "Marcus Garvey and the Importance of a Legacy of Service." Etoy Smith-Kilgore Memorial Park Dedication Ceremony, Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom School and Culture Center (May 30, 2009).

    "Blood, Tears, Boycotts, and the Movement toward Direct Action: 1955 as Turning Point for Medgar Wiley Evers and the Meaning of Civil Rights Struggle." University of Arkansas Phi Alpha Theta Lecture Series (March 26, 2009).

    "The Struggle and Meaning Behind the Quest for Black Citizenship: Medgar Wiley Evers and the Push for Equality, 1955-1959." Black History Expo, African Marketplace, Farish Street Baptist Church, Jackson, Mississippi (February 28, 2009).

    "A War with Words: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Impact of Language on the Struggle for Full Citizenship in America." Peaceful Heroes Lecture presented by the Interfaith Dialog Student Association, Mississippi State University (February 26, 2009).

    Documentary: The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till presented by the Campus Activities Board. At the conclusion of the film, I provided answers to any questions posed by the audience regarding the film s content and historical accuracy, as well as any additional inquiries regarding the sociopolitical structure of Mississippi during the 1950s. Mississippi State University (February 18, 2009).

    "From the Mississippi Delta to the State Capital: Medgar Wiley Evers, the NAACP and the Movement for Equality; the 1950s as Focal Point." Southern Conference on African American Studies, Inc., 30th Annual Convention, Charlotte, North Carolina (February, 13 2009).

    "In the Hands of Children? A Strategic Shift in the Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi and Beyond, 1960-1968." 15th Annual National African American Student Leadership Conference, Rust College (January 16, 2009).

    "Forum on African American Studies."  One of five panelists discussing the discipline of African American Studies and the importance of addressing the African/African American experience in its totality. African American Studies Program, Mississippi State University (November 4, 2008).

    "The Importance of Culture Amid a Sea of Conformity."  Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom School & Culture Center monthly discussion series (October 25, 2008).

    "Medgar Wiley Evers and the Movement toward Direct Action: 1955 as a Turning Point for the Meaning of Civil Rights Struggle in Mississippi."  College of Arts & Sciences Research Showcase, Mississippi State University (October 16, 2008)

    "History as a Tool of Liberation."  Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom School & Culture Center monthly discussion series (September 27, 2008).

    "Medgar Wiley Evers and the Movement for Civil Rights." Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom School & Culture Center monthly discussion series (August 23, 2008). This once a month series brings together professors, community organizers, activists, secondary educators, professionals and community members who deliver presentations on given topics in their respective fields followed by panel discussions addressing a variety of social and political issues.

    "Blood, Tears, Boycotts, and the Movement toward Direct Action: 1955 as a Turning Point for Medgar Wiley Evers and the Meaning of Civil Rights Struggle in Mississippi."  Center for the Study of Southern Culture Brown Bag Lecture Series, University of Mississippi (April, 2008).

    "Documentary: Congressman Robert Smalls: A Patriots Journey from Slavery to Capitol Hill." One of three panelists providing historical context for the documentary in regards to the significance of Robert Smalls, the Civil War, and the Reconstruction era. Mississippi State University (February, 2008).

    "Singing in a Strange Land."  One of four panelists providing historical context for selected spirituals performed by the University of Mississippi Gospel Choir. Black History Voices: The Importance of the Spiritual was broadcast live on Mississippi Public Radio, University of Mississippi (February, 2008).

    "African Americans, Education, and the White Academy."  One of five panelists addressing the theme of Black Education and the Freedom Struggle.  My presentation addressed the issues African Americans often face on predominately white college campuses and the necessity of linking academics to the community and the overall struggle for social and political equality in America. 14th Annual National African American Student Leadership Conference, Rust College.

    "A Legacy of Struggle, From Property to Failed Dreams; the Struggle for Equality: A Series of Readings Chronicling the Plight of African Americans in Mississippi." One of six participants presenting Black History Voices: First Person from the University of Mississippi Special Collections broadcast live on Mississippi Public Radio, University of Mississippi (February, 2007).

    When They Called on Black Power: A Historical Discussion of the Role Students Played in both the African and African American Freedom Struggle and the Current Need to Reclaim the Message of the Sankofa Bird, 2nd Annual African Student Leadership Conference, Alabama A&M University (March, 2007).

Publications:

    Medgar Evers: Mississippi Martyr. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press. November 2011. "'I May be Going to Heaven or Hell. But I ll be Going from Jackson': Medgar Wiley Evers and the Shift toward Direct-Action in Mississippi." The Griot: The Journal of African American Studies, Vol. 29, No. 1, Spring 2010.

    "The Struggle for Black Citizenship: Medgar Wiley Evers and the Fight for Civil Rights in Mississippi," The Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi). Forthcoming 2012.

Encyclopedia Entries:

    "The Assassination of Medgar Wiley Evers and Violence in the South" for The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture for the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, University of Mississippi (Charlotte: University of North Carolina Press), Vol. 22, Violence. November 2011.

    "Medgar Wiley Evers" and "Medgar Evers Homecoming Celebration and Parade" for The Mississippi Encyclopedia (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi). Edited by Ted Ownby and Charles Reagan Wilson, forthcoming.

ACADEMIC/COMMUNITY HONORS:

    Mississippi State University Arts & Sciences Researcher of the Month, June 2012.
    Certificate of Excellence, Community Youth Achievers, Inc., 2009.
    Minority Teacher Appreciation Recognition, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Mississippi State University, 2009.
    National African American Student Leadership Conference Presentation Award, 2009.
    City Council Certificate of Award: Ward 3, Jackson, Mississippi, 2009.
    Graduate School Marshal, University of Mississippi, 2008.
    Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, 2004.
    Brittany Woods Community Center, Oxford, Mississippi, Certificate of Appreciation, 2002.
    Phi Beta Kappa, 2001.
    Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, 2000.
    Phi Alpha Theta International Honor Society in History, 2000.
    National Society of Collegiate Scholars, 2000.
    Golden Key National Honor Society, 1999.
    Save Our Children, Inc., Lafayette County, Mississippi, Certificate of Appreciation, 1996.
    Phenomenal Man Award, Second Missionary Baptist Church, 1995.
COMMITTEE/BOARD MEMBERSHIP:
    • Specialty Scholar for the Mississippi Department of Archives and History's 2013 Medgar Evers exhibit (July to present) • Mississippi Historical Society Membership Committee, 2011-2012. • Member of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Core Scholar Group, Mississippi Department of Archives and History, one of a series of Specialty Scholars selected as consultants regarding the ideological/organizational conception of the new Civil Rights Museum and exhibit which will be constructed in Jackson, Mississippi and is slated to open in 2017 (current) • Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning African American Male Initiative Taskforce (2009-present) • National African American Student Leadership Conference Advisory Board Member (2009-present) • College Faculty Senate, Mississippi State University (2009-2010) • Phi Beta Kappa Application Committee, Mississippi State University (2009-present) • Phi Beta Kappa Council of Advisors for the Society of Scholars, Mississippi State University (2008-present) • Curriculum Committee for the African American Studies Program, Mississippi State University (2008-present) • Personnel Committee for the African American Studies Program, Mississippi State University (2008-present)
COMMUNITY SERVICE:

    Volunteer Teacher in the area of United States and African American History (August 2004 to Present)

    Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom School and Culture Center, Etta, MS

    Responsible for creating and executing daily lesson plans that enhance students’ ability to grasp information at various educational levels, to think critically about the world around them, and to apply academics toward the betterment of their personal being and the communities from which they hail.  Responsibilities also include serving as mentor, curriculum advisor, and program committee co-chair. As co-chair, I assist in organizing and implementing community-based workshops and programs dedicated to communal uplift and development. In addition, the position requires public discussion on broad topics in U.S. History and more specific issues such as the historical affects of racism on America's development and the need to protect and educate America's youth.

    Board Member (1996 - 1998)

    Save Our Children Foundation Oxford/Lafayette County, MS

    Helped plan and implement scholarship banquets for twelfth grade students as well as assisted in organizing and implementing fundraising activities. Responsibilities also included attending meetings designed to identify and craft solutions to the problems facing area youth as well as discerning the best methods for involving the community in the overall process of helping at risk teens identify and implement positive life choices.

CERTIFICATION:

    Class AAAA Mississippi Educator Licensure for 7-12 grade Social Studies.

    Fatherhood Trainer certification from the National Center for Fathering (NCF)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

    American Historical Association (AHA)

    Southern Historical Association (SHA)

    Mississippi Historical Society (MHS)

    Southern Conference on African American Studies, Inc. (SCASSI)

    Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)

    National Council for Black Studies