Rev. Arthur L. Jones III
The Thomasville-Thomas County Chapter of the Florida A&M University Alumni Association will present an African-American History Lecture at 7 p.m. Monday at First Missionary Baptist Church, 110 W. Calhoun St.
The lecturer is Dr. David H. Jackson Jr., PhD, professor of history at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU) in Tallahassee, Fla.
He also serves as chairman of the Department of History, Political Science, Public Administration, Geography, African-American Studies and Social Science Education.
A native of Atlanta, Jackson earned a bachelor of science degree in history education and a master’s degree in public administration at Florida A&M University.
He earned a doctoral degree in history at the University of Memphis in 1997, and joined FAMU’s faculty the same year.
Jackson is one of Florida A&M University’s most published professors. Since 1997, he has published nearly two dozen scholarly articles, book chapters and book reviews.
He also is the author or editor of five scholarly books. His areas of expertise include ancient Africa with an emphasis on Egypt, Latin America with an emphasis on Brazil and African-American history.
His current research interests include African-American business history, the Jim Crow era, racial violence, Southern history, African-American biographies and the age of Booker T. Washington.
Jackson is a member of several social and community service-oriented fraternities, including Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and Kappa Kappa Psi National Band Fraternity. Professionally, he served on the Florida National Register Review Board from 2000 to 2003, and the Florida Historical Commission from 2002 to 2003.
The Monday event, in observance of Black History Month, is sponsored by First Missionary Baptist Church, Thomas University, Bishop Hall Charter School and the Thomasville FAMU Alumni Association.
Said the Rev. Jeremy G. Rich, evet coordinator, “I am especially pleased to be a part of such a wonderful event. (Dr.) Jackson was my professor and supervising teacher when I was a student at FAMU. This lecture is an opportunity for citizens of Thomas County to gather in appreciation of the accomplishment of African-American history locally and globally.”
In 1926, Dr. Carter G. Woodson initiated the celebration of Negro History Week, which corresponded with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.
In 1976, the celebration was expanded to include the entire month of February, and today Black History Month garners support throughout the country as people of all ethnic and social backgrounds discuss the black experience.
“Those who fail to commemorate their cultural history are in peril of forgetting those things which make us special individually and collectively. Part of what makes America so beautiful is its cultural diversity. Each ethnicity and identity are threads which are interwoven into the tapestry which is the United States. Every February, we take time to reflect upon the contributions African-Americans have made, are making and will continue to render forth to this great nation. Our lecture series is a celebration, and we welcome everyone in this community to come and join us as we celebrate African-American History Month,” said Rich, First Missionary Baptist Church pastor and Thomasville FAMU Alumni Association member.
The Monday lecture is open to the public at no charge. Refreshments will be served immediately afterward in the Dr. I.L. Mullins Fellowship Hall.