Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. speaks at Alcorn Black History Lecture

The Office of Pre-Professional and Honors Curriculum Programs Black History Lecture Series program was held Tuesday, Feb. 18 at the J. D. Boyd Library Auditorium. Mayor for the city of Vicksburg, Mississippi, the Honorable George Flaggs Jr. served as the keynote speaker for this program.

The theme for the program was “Succeeding Through Adversity.” The program was an examination of the adversity, challenges and outcomes of African-Americans. Flaggs addressed his leadership and experiences with our students. He reflected on and recognized the accomplishments and contributions that African-Americans have made at Alcorn, the state of Mississippi and throughout history. Keeping in mind we not only want to remember, but also acknowledge our unfinished work.

Flaggs emphasized the importance of education and how pioneering black leaders of the past paved the way for black youth and young adults to prosper today.

“People should recognize how important education is,” said Flaggs. “If it weren’t for those who fought for our rights, none of us would have the opportunity to pursue a college degree. We should take the time to learn more about our history and the sacrifices our ancestors made so that we can live a better life.”

In the conclusion of his speech, Flaggs inspired the students to strive to accomplish their goals while keeping the legacy of their forefathers alive.

“I want you to know that you are a part of black history. You all are the future business leaders, entrepreneurs and decision makers who will continue the legacy of our forefathers. Soon, you all will be graduates who will go out and make your marks on society."

Dr. Wandra Arrington, assistant director of the Honors Curriculum Program, explained why Flaggs’ speech was beneficial to the students.

“This activity provided the students the opportunity to appreciate Mayor Flaggs’ fight for justice through his commitment, dedication and life experiences,” said Arrington. “Also, we have the opportunity to continue in a positive, progressive direction as we work to address the changing needs of Mississippi's children, schools and communities. Let’s continue to take the time to reflect on where we’ve been and commit to serving the needs of all.”

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