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Johnson Selected to Deliver Ayers Distinguished Visiting Lecturer Series

February 03, 2012

The Delta Research & Cultural Institute at Mississippi Valley State University will be hosting the Ayers Distinguished Visiting Lecturer Series. The series will begin Tuesday, January 17 at 6 p.m. in the presentation hall of DRCI, located in the Administrative Annex I on the campus of MVSU. All lectures are free and open to both the public.  The series will feature Leroy Johnson, the Executive Director of Southern Echo, Inc.

The theme of the Spring 2012 Visiting Lecturer Series is “The Political Economy of Public Education in the Mississippi Delta.”

Johnson, an alumnus of MVSU, has spent two decades developing and supervising community-based programs dealing with the environment, education, cultural events, and community empowerment. He is the 1996 recipient of the prestigious Charles Bannerman Fellowship. He worked for the Rural Organizing & Cultural Center (ROCC) in Holmes Countyfor eight years, and as Executive Director for the last two of those years. From 1992 through 1993, he was the Special Assistant to the President of Mississippi Action for Community Education (MACE), where he had primary responsibility for the development of their Youth Initiative and Environmental Organizing Programs.

He has conducted a wide variety of training programs in Mississippi, across the United States, and in international forums on youth leadership and community organizing. Johnson is a founder of the Southeast Regional Economic Justice Network, and the Southern Partners Fund of which he is the Chairman of the Board of Directors.

The respective dates and topics for Mr. Johnson's lectures for this series are:

 A. Tuesday, 1/17/2012: The Political History of Public Education in Mississippi: 1890 - 2011

B. Tuesday, 2/08/2012: Public Education Budgets as Public Education Policy

C. Tuesday, 2/28/2012: The Dilemma of Critical Teacher Shortages in the Delta: 1980 - 2011

D. Tuesday, 3/21/2012: MS Department of Education (MDE), School Take-overs, & School Rankings in the Delta.

E. Tuesday, 4/10/2012: Where Do Go From Here? Developing a 1st Rate 21st Century Quality Education

For more information, please contact DRCI at 662-254-3794 or e-mail gdbneal@mvsu.edu.

* Note: Plans are unfolding to confirm the locations of lectures B, C & D.  We expect that these sessions will be held in selected communities around the Delta, thus allowing us to directly reach a public audience that is most impacted by rural public policies relevant to the education of youth across the region.