MLK parade and event set for Jan.19

From press reports

The Winston County Branch of the NAACP will celebrate the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday Saturday, January 19.

Parade participants will line up at the Mt. MoriahBaptist Church’s parking lot at 9:00 A.M. with the parade starting promptly at 10:00 A.M. Parade entry fee is $5.00.

Immediately following the parade, at approximately 11 A.M there will be a short program at Union Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 142 Union Chapel Road.

The speaker will be Dr. K. C. Morrison, Professor and Head Dept. of Political Science and Public Administration at Mississippi State University.

Morrison was previously the Frederick Middlebush Professor and Professor of Political Science at the University of Missouri-Columbia from 1989-2009. He also held the position of Vice Provost for Minority Affairs and Faculty Development there from 1989 to 1997. Prior to Missouri, Morrison was Associate Professor of Afro-American Studies and Political Science at Syracuse University, where he served as the Chair of Afro-American Studies for five years. Before joining Syracuse he was at Hobart & William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York and Tougaloo College in Mississippi.

Morrison has a BA. (cum laude) from Tougaloo College (1968), and MA (1969) and PhD (1977) in Political Science and African Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During the undergraduate years he participated in the Washington Semester Program at American University (DC), the Foreign Affairs Scholars Program as a foreign service intern at the State Department, and as a student leader in an African/Asian nation building study tour.

The professional pursuit of African Studies began for Morrison when he did his first fieldwork in Africa in 1968. Since then he has traveled widely over the African Continent, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Europe doing field work and consulting related to his research and teaching on African politics and society.

Though the professional work of Morrison was initially centered on African politics, he later expanded this to include the politics of African descendents in the Americas. His research, writings and teachings in this area have been concentrated on electoral politics in the Southern US and Latin America.

Morrison’s publications have appeared in the two broad fields of African and Afro-American politics. Among these are several books: Race and Democracy in the Americas: Brazil and the United States (forthcoming); Aaron Henry of Mississippi: A Political Biography of a Man and A Movement, (forthcoming); African Americans and Political Participation (2003); Black Political Mobilization, Leadership and Power (1987); Housing and Urban Poor in Africa (1982), edited with Peter Gutkind; and Ethnicity and Political Integration (1982). Also many articles and reviews have appeared in such journals as Polity, Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Studies in Society and History, Publius, Comparative Politics, Political Science Quarterly, and American Political Science Review.

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