Michael Vinson Williams

Michael Vinson Williams

Michael Vinson Williams

Director of African American Studies and Professor of History, University of Texas at El Paso and Adjunct Professor of History, Mississippi State University

University ot Texas at El Paso (UTEP)


African American History, Twentieth Century America, Africa


915-747-7822 Office, 915-747-8666 Fax

mvwilliams@utep.edu

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.
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.

Academic Career

  • Bennie Gordon Thompson Endowed Chair in the Social Sciences and Dean, Division of Social Sciences (August 2013-)  - Tougaloo College
  • Adjunct Professor of History, (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
  • 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, MS
  • 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.

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. 
  • “With Determination and Fortitude We Come to Vote: Black Organization and Resistance to Voter Suppression in Mississippi,” The Journal of Mississippi History, JMH volume 74, number 3, Fall 2012.
  • "The Struggle for Black Citizenship: Medgar Wiley Evers and the Fight for Civil Rights in Mississippi," The Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi, Ted Ownby, ed.,  (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi).  2013. 

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.

    Presentations

    • “One Long Hot Summer in ’64: Mississippi as the Focal Point of Black Resistance to Second- Class Status,” for the Remembering Freedom Summer: Building a Better Future conference, Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi, October 21, 2014.
    • “Maintaining a Legacy of Commitment to Truth and Community Uplift: The Power of Us in 2014,” Tougaloo College Faculty/ Staff Monthly Prayer Breakfast, Tougaloo College, Jackson, Mississippi, October 6, 2014.
    • Panel Commentator for “The Long Civil Rights Movement in the Mid-South, 1865-1980,” Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Inc. (ASALH), 99th Annual Meeting, Memphis Tennessee, September 27, 2014.
    • “Organizing the Work of the NAACP in Mississippi: Medgar Wiley Evers as Field Secretary and Servant Leader,” for the Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and Democracy, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for College and University Teachers, Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi, June 17, 2014.
    • “Our Collective Work and Responsibility: Medgar Wiley Evers as the Continuation of Effective Social Struggle,” Mary Church Terrell Literary Club, Inc. Luncheon, Jackson, Mississippi, April 12, 2014.
    • “The Human Element within the Civil Rights Movement: Medgar Wiley Evers as Activist, Leader and Martyr in the Fight for Justice, Bennie G. Thompson Lecture Series,Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, Mississippi, April 3, 2014.
    • “A Conversation on Tougaloo College and the Civil Rights Movement” for faculty and students from Washburn University, Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, Mississippi, March 19, 2014.
    • “The Human Element in Grassroots Activism: Medgar Evers and Fannie Lou Hamer” for faculty and students from Ursinus College, Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, Mississippi, March 11, 2014.
    • “Racial Responsibility in the 21st Century: Watching Your Black” for the Student Government Association’s Watching Your Black program, Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, Mississippi, February 25, 2014.
    • “No More Second-Class Citizenship: Black Resistance to Jim Crow,” Mississippi Department of Archives and History’s from the Black Codes to Brown v. Board program, Jackson, Mississippi, February 20, 2014.
    • Black History Makers’ Forum: Freedom Summer and the People Who Made it Happen, “Showcasing Young Scholars”: Student Paper Presentations Respondent, Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi, February 20, 2014.
    • “Medgar Wiley Evers: Upholding the Legacy,” African American History Program, “Celebrating the Golden Jubilee of the Civil Rights Acts” Mount Able M.B. Church, Canton, Mississippi, February 16, 2014.
    • “Collective Work and Responsibility: The Africans Response to Planetary Rhythms and the Natural Order of Racial Survival,” Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom School and Culture Center, Etta, Mississippi, December 28, 2013.
    • “A Special Tribute” and Presentation to Congressman Bennie G. Thompsonon behalf of Tougaloo College, A Concert of Appreciation Honoring Congressman Bennie G. Thompson and Evangelist Gertrude Young, Greater Grove Street Baptist M.B. Church, Vicksburg, MS, December 14, 2013.
    • “Voices of the Spirit,” Woodworth Chapel Memorial Plaza, 2nd Annual Unveiling and Dedicatory Ceremony, Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, Mississippi, October 19, 2013.
    • “Medgar Evers, a Mississippi Martyr,” Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Inc. (ASALH), 98th Annual Meeting, Jacksonville, Florida, October 5, 2013.
    • “Remembering Medgar Wiley Evers: We Must all Become the Change He Advocated,” Celebration on the Green,” Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, Mississippi, June 12, 2013.
    • Mississippi Department of Archives and History Exhibit, ‘“This is Home”: Medgar, the Movement and Mississippi” presentation, Jackson, Mississippi, June 11, 2013.
    • Panelists for The Conversations on the Life and Legacy of Medgar Wiley Evers.Mytalk was titled “And We Shall ‘Pick Our Leaders’: Medgar Wiley Evers, the Issue of Race, Leadership and the Struggle for Power in Mississippi,” Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, Mississippi, June 11, 2013.
    • Master of Ceremonies for the Medgar Wiley Evers Annual Scholarship Banquet, Jackson, Mississippi, June 7, 2013.
    • “‘There is Something for Everybody to Do’: Civil Rights Activism and Resistance in the Life of Medgar Evers,” Mississippi Department of Archives and History’s History is Lunch Brown Bag Lecture Series, Jackson, Mississippi, May 29, 2013.
    • “Medgar Evers: Mississippi Martyr and the Responsibilities of Activism then and Now,” National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) National Executive Board Luncheon, Jackson, Mississippi, May 17, 2013.
    • Panelist for the 20th Annual Oxford Conference for the Book, University of Mississippi, University, Mississippi, March 21, 2013. My panel consisted of civil rights scholars and writers who had recently written books encompassing the Civil Rights movement in Mississippi. The panel dealt with the impact of Civil Rights struggle in Mississippi.
    • “With Determination and Fortitude We Come to Vote: Black Resistance to Voter Suppression in Mississippi,” National Council for Black Studies, 37th Annual National Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana, March 16, 2013.
    • ‘“There’s Something Out Here that I’ve Got to do… and I’m Not Going to Stop Until I’ve Done It:’ Medgar Wiley Evers as Leader, Activist and Advocate for the Black Freedom Movement,”Keynote Addressfor Jackson State University’s 1st annual Black History Makers Forum, Jackson, Mississippi, February 20, 2013.
    • Panelist for the Jackson State University Reading Community’s concentration on the Medgar Evers: Mississippi Martyr book, Jackson, Mississippi, February 19, 2013.
    • “The Ballot is Ours by Right and We Shall Not Be Denied: Black Organization and Resistance to Voter Suppression in Mississippi,” National Association of African American Studies and Affiliates (NAAAS), 21st Annual Conference, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, February 13, 2013.
    • “Martin Luther King, Jr., ‘Upholding the Legacy,’” Holmes Cultural Diversity Center’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Candlelight Vigil, Mississippi State University, January 15, 2013.
    • “Sit Me Up and Turn Me Loose: Medgar Wiley Evers as Civil Rights Activist, Leader and Martyr in the Fight for Justice,” African American Studies Lecture Series, Mississippi State University, September 20, 2012.
    • Panelist for the program “Emancipation Proclamation in Mississippi,” Jackson, Mississippi, September 11, 2012.
    • 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).

    Honors & Awards

    • Rust College Certificate of Appreciation “For Endless Dedication to Education and Achievement,” January 2013.
    • Mississippi State University Arts & Sciences Researcher of the Month, June 2012.
    • Mississippi State University Carolyn S. Cobb Estate Faculty Award, 2011.
    • Institution Building Certificate Award, Community Youth Achievers, Inc., 2011.
    • 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.
    • Dissertation Research Fellowship, Department of History, University of Mississippi, 2006-2007
    • Honors Fellowship, Graduate School, University of Mississippi, 2005-2007.
    • Summer Research Assistantship, Graduate School, University of Mississippi, 2005.
    • Honorable Mention List: Ford Foundation Doctoral Fellowship Program for Minorities, 2004.
    • Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, 2004. 
    • Underrepresented Minority Graduate Fellowship, University of Mississippi, 2003-2007.
    • Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Stipend, University of Mississippi, 2003-2006.
    • 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.

    Research Experience

    Print Interviews:

    • Blog interview with journalist Regina Burns for Harvest Reapers Communications on the life of Medgar Evers, his place and significance to the civil rights movement and his overall legacy, June 10, 2013.
    • Interview with The Mississippi Link regarding Medgar Evers and his importance to the Civil Rights movement, Jackson, Mississippi, May 16, 2013.
    • Interview with the Jackson Free Press, regarding my work on Medgar Evers and my participation on the Council of Federated Organizations’ (COFO) and Jackson State University’s commemoration of the slain civil rights activist Medgar Wile Evers, February 16, 2013.
    • Medgar Evers: Mississippi Martyr, interview for The Empowerment Initiative Online Newsletter (TEION), March 20, 2012.
    • “A State Hero: Mississippi State Professor Pens First Biography of Civil Rights Icon Medgar Evers,” published interview for The Dispatch Newspaper, Columbus, Mississippi, December 18, 2011.
    • “MSU Historian Provides a Fresh Look at State Civil Rights Martyr,” published feature article for Mississippi State University Relations News Bureau, December 9, 2011.

    Radio Interviews:

    • Interview for the British Broadcasting Corporation’s (BBC) “Radio 5 Live’s Up All Night,” regarding the life and legacy of NAACP field secretary Medgar Wiley Evers, June 16, 2013.
    • Interview on National Public Radio’s (NPR) “On Point” program along with civil rights activist Dr. Bernard Lafayette, Jr. and former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour regarding the life and legacy of NAACP field secretary Medgar Wiley Evers and the history of race relations in Mississippi, June 10, 2013.
    • Interview with Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Radio regarding the life and legacy of Medgar Evers and the current social and political issues facing African Americans today, Jackson, Mississippi, February 20, 2013.
    • Interview with Meredith Martin-Moats of the Boiled Down Juice for the Northwest Arkansas Public Radio, Little Rock, Arkansas, April 14, 2012.

    Televised/Documentary and Video Interviews:

    • Interview with Paul Rigney of C-SPAN’s Book TV for its series titled BookTv in Jackson Mississippi. My interview addressed the life and work of Medgar Evers and my book Medgar Evers: Mississippi Martyr for their coverage ofSouthern cities and authors, Medgar Evers Home, Jackson, Mississippi, April 25, 2014, aired July 5, 2014.
    • Interview with ABC affiliate channel 7 out of Michigan regarding the importance of remembering the civil rights work of those who have come before us and the particular significance of the work of the Ford Freedom Award honorees Myrlie Evers-Williams and Nelson Mandela, Medgar Evers Home, Jackson, Mississippi, April 25, 2014.
    • Interview with documentary filmmaker Steve Crump for an upcoming film on Medgar Evers and civil rights struggle, June 11, 2013.
    • Interview for a documentary conducted for Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, New York regarding Medgar Evers and the Civil Rights movement in Mississippi, April 24, 2013.Interview for Jackson State University Television regarding NAACP Field Secretary Medgar Evers and my keynote address for the COFO Educational Center’s first annual Black History Makers Forum, Jackson, Mississippi, February 20, 2013.
    • Interview for WLBT’s Midday Mississippi regarding my research on and biography of NAACP Field Secretary Medgar Evers, his legacy and my participation on COFO’s and Jackson State University’s commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination and legacy of the civil rights activist, Jackson, Mississippi, February 19, 2013.
    • Video recorded interview with University of Mississippi journalism graduate students regarding Medgar Evers, his legacy and the need for personal responsible activism, University of Mississippi, February 29, 2012.
    • Interview for WCBI-TV’s Mid-Morning with Aundrea regarding the life and times of NAACP Field Secretary Medgar Wiley Evers and my research contributions toward understanding his significance to social justice then and now, Columbus, Mississippi, September 18, 2012.
    • Interview for WCBI-TV’s Mid-Morning with Aundrea on the importance of celebrating the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the life of Medgar Wiley Evers, Columbus, Mississippi, January 16, 2012.
    • WTVA/WLOV News interview regarding the importance and significance of Black History month celebrations, Starkville, Mississippi, February 10, 2010.

    NEWSPAPER COLUMN(S):

    • “A Commitment to Positive Social Change Remains a Worthy Cause,” by Michael Williams for the Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Mississippi, May 31, 2013.

     

     

    Professional Associations

    • 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

    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)

    Certification

    • Class AAAA Mississippi Educator Licensure for 7-12 grade Social Studies.
    • Fatherhood Trainer certification from the National Center for Fathering (NCF)

    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.

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