Winning the Race diversity conference
Introduced as a new program that is open to the public and titled â€œWinning the Race: A Conference on Diversity and Community,â€ the seminar is scheduled for March 18-19.
The conference will place special emphasis on student-level concerns, but will also offer a wide selection of sessions for all attendees â€” including such topics as Civil Rights history, education, religion, healthcare and multi-cultural sensitivity.
The Winning the Race Committee developed the conference with three overarching goals: engage in conversations with campus and community constituencies that will build an appreciation for diversity differences and a spirit of community through shared ideas; promote a broad discourse on race relations by building conversations to bring together diverse communities in the Delta through sharing of ideas and building cooperation; and to rekindle a hope that Delta communities will move toward greater equality and reduce racial disparities and tensions.
Winning the Race is something President William N. LaForge has strongly advocated for since taking office in April of 2013.
Wednesday's sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. in the BPAC with a presentation titled â€œSharing Responsibility and Claiming Ownershipâ€ by John Dittmer, an award-winning author, professor emeritus of history at DePauw University and a nationally recognized authority on the Civil Rights movement.
Dittmerâ€™s book â€œLocal People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi,â€ won the following awards: Bancroft Prize in American History; Lillian Smith Book Award, Southern Regional Council; McLemore Prize, Mississippi Historical Society; and the 1995 Outstanding Book on the subject of human rights in North America given by the Gustavus Myers Center.
A number of other key speakers will highlight the full day of activities, including Leland Speedâ€™s speech â€œMaking the Economic and Business Case for Racial Healing and Equalityâ€ in room 302A of the H.L. Nowell Student Union. Speed, who once served as executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority, is recognized as an economics and business icon and in 1998 was named to the Mississippi Business Hall of Fame.
Cetin Oguz, art professor and native of Turkey, has been an active Winning the Race committee member and is thrilled to see this conference come to life at Delta State.
â€œDiscussion of these topics is very important in our region and also our nation,â€ said Oguz. â€œOur goal is to spark meaningful conversation about social issues that are sometimes difficult to discuss. Developing this conference shows that Delta State has a willingness to understand the significance of diversity and equality.â€
For a full schedule of panels and discussions, visit www.deltastate.edu/winningtherace.
Microsoft Word and Excel classes
The Coahoma Community College Workforce Development Center is offering free Microsoft Office computer classes from 9-10:30AM and 1:30-3PM on Mondays and Wednesdays. For more information call (662) 621-4302.
Arts and Literature Day with Tutwiler Quilters
The Tutwiler Quilters from Tutwiler, MS will display artwork at the Delma Furniss Hospitality Station on US 49. The quilters are known for their BRIGHT,BOLD,UNIQUE quilted runners, wall hangers, bags, pot holders and place mats. Visit their website at www.tutwilerquilters.org or see their work in person on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., at the Delma Furniss Hospitality Station. Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be given away. We would like to invite the whole community out to join us.
First United Methodist Church lenten lunch
Lunch will be served and donations are appreciated. Today's speaker is Abbott Myers. The church is located at 405 East Second Street in Clarksdale; for more information call (662) 624-8596.
March Madness Revival
Real Faith Christian Church invoices everyone to join them for their March Madness Revival meetings, nightly March 19-21 at 7PM. Wednesday's guest preacher is Rev. George Parks Jr. of Memphis; the church is located at 600 Yazoo Avenue in Clarksdale. For more information visit www.realfaithcc.org.
Spring revival meetings
Greater St. Mary MB Church in Greenville invites everyone to their revival meetings at 7PM nightly on March 18, 19 and 20. The guest speaker will be Rev. Robert L. Young from William Chapel MB Church in Lamont, MS and the theme is "Come Let us Bless the Lord". The church is located at 1706 Spruce Street in Greenville; for more information call (662) 334-3245.