Photo right: Members of the JSU Wesley Foundation took this picture with students from the Alabama State Wesley Foundation.
The Alabama State University (ASU) Wesley Foundation visited the Jackson State University (JSU) Wesley Foundation during homecoming week at JSU last month. The ASU Wesley trip theme was "Freedom Ride Service Project." Pastors Curtis L. West, Jr. and Amarylis D. West of Lynch Street C.M.E. Church were the hosts. Central UMC hosted the Freedom Chat for the Friday night discussion with dinner prepared by Central UMC's outreach committee. The Rev. Stephen Cook is the pastor of Central UMC. Rev. Charity Star is the director and campus minister for the ASU Wesley Foundation and Elder Vera Hall is the campus minister and director for the JSU Wesley Foundation. The guest panelists were Rev. Neddie Winters; Rev. Eric Sanford; Rev. Curtis L. West, Jr. and Dr. May Fran Bridges. The topics discussed were Freedom Fifty; civil rights leader, Medgar Evers; Trayvon Martin; President Barack Obama and Michael Brown. The students were engaged and provided insight into the 1960s Civil Rights Movement and the correlation and/or difference of today.
This was the first conversation of many about the theme "Moving Forward: Race and Reconciliation." The ASU Wesley students went back to campus where they were entertained with a Homecoming Greek Step Show. The ASU Wesley Foundation also visited the Smith Robertson Museum and Medgar Evers Home Museum. The students were welcomed by JSU student government association (SGA) president, Keonte' Turner.