Jackson State Students Have Surprise Guests for Induction Event
On April 13, 2018 the Nu Sigma chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha at Jackson State University inducted five students as part of its annual induction ceremony. Faculty advisor D’Andra Orey, along with his wife Erin, hosted the event at their Jackson home and welcomed the new members with an evening that featured some special guests.
Those chatting with the students in this informal setting included Civil rights icon, James Meredith. Mr. Meredith was the first African American to integrate the University of Mississippi and later survived a gunshot by a sniper when he was walking during his “Walk Against Fear.” He, along with former APSA President Matthew Holden, both shared their experiences related to Meredith’s activism and Dr. Holden’s expertise in the area of Public Administration. Rickey Hill, chair of the political science department at Jackson State University recounted stories about his experience as a student activist at Southern University during the time when police shot and killed two students who were participating in a student protest.
“After consulting with my wife, Erin, we decided that we wanted to open the event up to the public and invite public figures, living legends if you will, who could talk to them in an intimate setting so that it would involve a discussion rather than your typical lecture. This is an experience that they will remember for a lifetime” said faculty advisor D’Andra Orey. For those in attendance they certainly had a chance to hear first hand accounts of some of the major moments in the Civil Rights struggle.