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  • Mannie Jackson Endowment and Center for the Humanities

    The Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities, currently being constructed at the former site of the historic Lincoln School in Edwardsville, will bring together diverse audiences and humanities programming through lectures, readings, dialogues, public service opportunities and humanities programs. It is expected to open to the public in December 2015. Take a look inside with MJCH Foundation Executive Director Ed Hightower:

    Entrepreneur and influential African American leader Mannie Jackson announced the creation of the Mannie Jackson Endowment and Center for the Humanities, as well as $200,000 toward the endowment, in April 2012 during a book signing event for his memoir, "Boxcar to Boardrooms," held on Lewis and Clark's N.O. Nelson campus in Edwardsville, Illinois. A groundbreaking ceremony was held at the historic Lincoln School on Oct. 16, 2014.

    MJECHrendering"I have faced many societal challenges during my life. The formation of the endowment and center will result in programs that give people a better understanding of societal differences and how we should embrace those differences. Without that understanding, people throughout the world will continue to have conflicts with other cultures," Jackson said.


    On July 27, 2011, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced Lewis and Clark Community College as one of the first six two-year colleges ever to receive Challenge Grants. 

    These competitive grants aim to help raise endowments to 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. 

    To date, nearly $7 million has been raised through the support of the matching grant, Jackson and numerous community members and businesses. Jackson is also working closely with Lewis and Clark to provide his vision and leadership toward the completion of the building project.

    About Mannie Jackson

    MannieJacksonCenter-groundbreakingMannie 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 released his memoir, “Boxcar to Boardrooms,” in April 2012 on the college's N.O. Nelson campus in Edwardsville, where he also announced the formation of the Mannie Jackson Endowment and Center for the Humanities. An Emmy-nominated documentary film based on Jackson's book debuted in February 2013 at the Wildey Theatre, also in Edwardsville.