The Freedom50 Research Group is an opportunity for collaborative, interdisciplinary research that fosters the professional development of its participants for the benefit of the student body and the campus and local communities.
Since 2015, we have presented our research in public lectures and at national conferences, and by engaging in other collaborative endeavors:
2018: A short documentary film, titled “Measure of Progress: The Clyde Kennard Story” as produced by the Delta Jewels Support Foundation in partnership with the Freedom50 Research Group, about Clyde Kennard’s attempts to integrate USM in the 1950s that also examines racial progress at the university and within local communities today.
2019-present: Book manuscript (work-in-progress)
|Dr. Cheryl D. Jenkins (Mass Communication and Journalism: Race and Gender in Media; the Black Press), Dr. Loren Saxton Coleman (Mass Communication and Journalism: Black Culture in Media Studies, the Cathy Hughes School of Communications at Howard University / colleague-at-large and founding group member), Dr. Rebecca Tuuri (History: African American, Women's and Gender, Modern U.S. history), and Dr. Sherita L. Johnson (English: African American Literature and Southern Cultural Studies).|