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  • Mannie Jackson
    Center for the Humanities

    Lewis and Clark Community College’s Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities, located at the former site of the historic Lincoln School in Edwardsville, conducts activities that promote mutual understanding and respect among people of different cultures, ethnicities and religions, while influencing positive social change.

    Through lectures, readings, dialogue, public service opportunities and other programming, the center brings together diverse audiences, transforms attitudes and perceptions, and encourages positive action around global humanities issues, especially those surrounding water.

    On the research side, the MJCH is currently in the process of assembling world class scholars with expertise in content and research methodologies, enabling the center to conduct large scale research and sponsored projects, the result of which will be improved environmental equity for communities of disenfranchised people throughout the world.

    The MJCH will engage teams of humanities faculty, working directly with environmental scientists, to communicate the importance of bridging information gaps and applying results of leading-edge knowledge to construct positive, research-based policy solutions to current issues on a national and global scale.

    Center namesake Mannie Jackson, who currently serves as president of the Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities Foundation Board, is working closely with Lewis and Clark to provide his vision and leadership toward the future of the center.

    History & Timeline

    • July 27, 2011 – The National Endowment for the Humanities announced Lewis and Clark as one of the first six two-year colleges ever to receive Challenge Grants. The competitive grants aimed to help raise endowments to help strengthen humanities programs at community colleges, encourage the development of model humanities programs and curricula, and broaden the base of financial support for humanities on two-year college campuses.
    • April 2012 – Entrepreneur and influential African American leader Mannie Jackson announced the creation of the center, as well as a $200,000 pledge toward the endowment, during a book signing event for his memoir, "Boxcar to Boardrooms," held on Lewis and Clark's N.O. Nelson campus in Edwardsville, Illinois.
    • February 2013 – L&C participated in the premier of the Big Ten Network’s Emmy-nominated documentary film based on Mannie Jackson's book, “Boxcar to Boardrooms,” at the Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville, Illinois.
      Watch the full video on YouTube.
    • October 2014 – L&C held a groundbreaking ceremony at the historic Lincoln School on Oct. 16, 2014.
    • December 2015 – The Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities opens its doors to the public for the first time.
    • March 30, 2016 – Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell launched the Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities Foundation’s Speaker Series during the foundation’s first Annual Fundraiser Dinner at Southern Illinois University’s Meridian Ballroom.

    About Mannie Jackson


    Mannie Jackson was born in a railroad boxcar in Illmo, Missouri, before moving to Edwardsville, Illinois, and finding statewide high school success on the basketball court. He was recruited to play college basketball at the University of Illinois, where he became the first of the school’s African-American student athletes. He then went on to a playing career for the Harlem Globetrotters before rising through the ranks at Honeywell to become one of the company’s senior corporate officers and one of the most influential African-American corporate executives in the country. Jackson later bought the Harlem Globetrotters and became the nation's first African-American owner of a global sports and entertainment brand. Jackson received the Theodore Roosevelt Award from the NCAA in 2015, the association's top honor, and in 2017 was inducted into the University of Illinois’ Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.


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