Dr. Hilliard Lackey will deliver the keynote address during the annual Black History Convocation at Mississippi Valley State University. The Convocation will be held in the H.G. Carpenter Auditorium on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 11 a.m.
Lackey has taught courses in cultural geography and world history at Mississippi Valley State University since 2009. He is on the faculty at Jackson State University, where he also teaches world history, cultural geography and Urban Higher Education.
He was inducted into the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame on September 26, 2008 in Atlanta, Ga. The Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund named him 2003 HBCU Alumnus of the Year for exemplary support of his alma mater. NAFEO gave him a Distinguished Alumni Award in 1997, and in 2007, the McCormick Freedom Museum of Chicago placed his quote on a monument.
He writes columns for the Clarion-Ledger, Clarksdale Press Register, Mississippi Link and BlackMississippi.com. He has written several books including Marks, Martin and the Mule Train.
His community service includes serving on the boards of the Mississippi Humanities Council, Mississippi Council on Aging, Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, AARP Mississippi, Marietta Reading Center and Jackson State University Development Foundation, Inc. Since 2004, he has served as Project Director for the JSU National Alumni Association HIV/AIDS Education and Outreach Project, funded by the Office of Minority Health and the Global HIV/AIDS Alliance. He is a retired colonel with the Mississippi State Guard, and was a commander of the First Brigade from 2006-09, which served heroically following Hurricanes Katrina and Gustav.
Dr. Lackey’s avocation is sports officiating, and serves as a district supervisor of officials for basketball, baseball, football, track and field, and related sports for the Mississippi High School Activities Association. He is a football referee and baseball umpire.
He has earned degrees or credentials from Jackson State University, University of Arkansas, Mississippi College School of Law, and the University of Mississippi where he earned his Ph.D.
He is married to his childhood sweetheart, Lillian Troupe Lackey.