Florida State University Civil Rights Institute

The Institute commemorates, celebrates, and studies the U.S.

Civil Rights Movement to promote justice and equality at FSU and in communities where we work and serve.

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04/12/2024

Shalay Jackson, Ph.D. at the Florida State University College of Social Work 🏫, moderated the panel discussion “Macro Social Work Careers: Policy and Advocacy” presented by the Special Commission to Advance Macro Social Work. 🌐👥

Congratulations on this achievement! 👏

04/10/2024

Would you like to receive updates about new developments and events within the Civil Rights Institute and snapshots of our partnerships across campus?

We invite students, faculty, and staff, as well as members of the surrounding Tallahassee community, to sign up for The Empowerment Exchange, the Civil Rights Institute's newsletter. This newsletter encapsulates our recent achievements and strides that our Director, Ted Ellis, has made to further our mission of promoting justice and equality for all.

To sign up, visit bit.ly/FSUCRI-Newsletter!

04/08/2024

Nicole Patton Terry, Ph.D. at the Florida State University College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, was awarded the American Educational Research Association Fellowship. 📚🌟

Congratulations on this award! 👏

04/08/2024

Join us in commemorating 50 years of excellence at the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy!

We invite students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends to take a stroll down memory lane and share your fondest moments, anecdotes, and photographs that encapsulate the unique journey we’ve all shared together.

Visit bit.ly/COSSPP50-memories to access the Share Your Memories survey.

04/05/2024

Amanda Tazaz, Ph.D. at the Learning Systems Institute 📚💡 (Learning Systems Institute), was awarded a fellowship by the Gulf Research Program of the
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine as one of five early-career research fellows. 🎓🔬

Congratulations on this achievement! 👏

Photos from Florida State University Civil Rights Institute's post 03/29/2024
Photos from Florida State University College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences's post 03/29/2024
Photos from Florida State University Civil Rights Institute's post 03/28/2024

This week's Throwback Thursday highlights the Department of Justice's annual African American History Celebration on February 21!

“The event at the US Attorney’s Office on February 21st was a resounding success, with engaging discussions, insightful presentations, and meaningful interactions among attendees,” Ellis said. “The relationship with the US Attorney’s Office was strengthened through collaborative efforts to promote civil rights education and awareness, fostering a mutually beneficial partnership aimed at advancing justice and equality in our communities.”

Read more here: coss.fsu.edu/civil-rights-institutes-director-gives-address-at-u-s-attorneys-office

03/27/2024

While Director Ted Ellis was in Atlanta, Georgia, he got to visit the Center for Civil and Human Rights which is located next to the World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium. As a museum and organization, they showcase countless exhibits about the connection the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 60s has with the modern world today.

"I made an important visit to see powerful displays and exhibitions about Civil and Human Rights that focused on the Civil Rights Movement in America," Ellis said. "I also spoke with several museum administrators to see if there were potential opportunities to collaborate with Florida State University’s Civil Rights Institute now that I am the Director. It was a great and rewarding visit."

03/27/2024

Jessica Pryce, Ph.D. at the Florida State University College of Social Work and Florida Institute for Child Welfare at FSU's College of Social Work 🎓👧, wrote the book “Broken: Transforming Child Protective Services – Notes of a Former Caseworker” 📖 which was published by Amistad on March 19th. 📚✨

Congratulations on this achievement! 👏

03/27/2024

Reserve your tickets 🎟️ now for three-time Florida State University alumnus Marshall Shepherd's talk, "Cloudy with A Chance of Science: Using the lens of weather to explain how perceptions are shaped," at the Challenger Learning Center of Tallahassee! The event will take place on Thursday, April 4, and is free and open to the public. Seats are limited, so reserve your spot today ➡️ fla.st/SDZ1BVPU

03/25/2024

Happy World Meteorological Day! 🌦️ Today, we’re introducing you to Tevin Wooten, a Florida State University graduate from the Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Science at FSU making waves in weather forecasting. Follow along on his journey from late nights at Dirac Science Library to early mornings as a broadcast meteorologist for NBC10 in Boston ➡️ fla.st/55RHECKV

03/25/2024

This week we're shining a spotlight on our African American Studies Program. The program is led by Katrinell Davis, Ph.D., and utilizes an interdepartmental and interdisciplinary approach for both the major and minor. The program aims to give students the opportunity to understand American society and the international arena from the unique vantage-point of the African Diaspora, most especially Americans of African descent.

03/20/2024

On February 24, Director Ted Ellis traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to attend the John R Lewis Institute's 2nd Annual The Legacy Continues Banquet. Director Ellis and the 400YAAHC were recognized for their contributions to the nation with the Silver Sponsor Award.

“As Chair of the Federal 400 Years of African American History Commission and Director of Florida State University’s Civil Rights Institute, we were honored to receive a national award from the John R. Lewis Legacy Institute,” Ellis said. “The award recognizes the contributions of preserving, celebrating, and commemorating African American history and culture.”

03/18/2024

Florida State University’s Civil Rights Institute (CRI) celebrated Black History Month with an hour-long screening of the “Justice Sunday” series on Wednesday, February 21, in the College of Medicine Auditorium.

“Justice Sunday” is a yearly program sponsored by the 400 Years of African American History Commission (400YAAHC) highlighting the importance of community service as it intersects with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy as a committed leader within his community and across the nation. The program went virtual during the COVID-19 pandemic to continually inspire service, despite the limitations of the time.

“The screening of Justice Sunday was so timely. I feel like we’re in a place in our nation, especially on our campus, where our history isn’t appreciated, and our story isn’t told,” Tillman said. “The screening had a way of bringing that out where it was digestible, but it was something that could be taken and valued at all levels.”

To read more about the event, visit coss.fsu.edu/civil-rights-institute-hosts-black-history-month-screening-of-justice-sunday.

03/07/2024

This week's Throwback Thursday highlights our Black History Month celebration last month on February 21!

The Institute hosted an hour-long screening of "Justice Sunday", an annual program sponsored by the 400 Years of African American History Commission, in the College of Medicine's Auditorium. This event was presented in partnership with FSU’s College of Social Sciences and Public Policy. College of Medicine, College of Social Work, Student-Athlete Development, the Student National Medical Association, and the Black Student Union at FSU.

To read more about the event, click here: coss.fsu.edu/civil-rights-institute-hosts-black-history-month-screening-of-justice-sunday

03/06/2024

Just last weekend, Director Ted Ellis took a trip to Selma, Alabama to participate in the 10th Annual Courageous Free Thinkers Celebration!

"The Courageous Free Thinkers Celebration holds particular significance as it also pays tribute to 'The Courageous Eight,' eight citizens who played pivotal roles in the voting rights movement in Selma long before Bloody Sunday,” Ellis said.

“My participation in the Courageous Free Thinkers Celebration allowed me to lend my expertise and support to a cause that aligns closely with the mission of the Civil Rights Institute at Florida State University. By engaging in meaningful dialogue and honoring the contributions of civil rights icons, we continue to uphold the values of equality and justice for all.”

Photos from FSU Department of Art Education's post 03/01/2024
02/29/2024

Our very first Throwback Thursday highlights our Martin Luther King celebration last month on January 15!

As the only Institute to open on Martin Luther King Day, members of both the Florida State and Tallahassee communities attended to celebrate the Institute's opening. Key members involved in the founding and growth of the Institute were recognized and the C.K. Steele Speaker Series was unveiled.

To read more about the event, click here https://news.fsu.edu/news/students-campus-life/2024/01/23/fsus-civil-rights-institute-honors-dr-martin-luther-king-jr/.

02/28/2024

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