Inspiring New Generations from Freedom Summer

Jaylin R. Smith & Leslie‑Burl McLemore

Jun 18, 2024 - 12:00 pm

This is the first in a series of virtual intergenerational conversations featuring young alumni of the Alluvial Collective’s Summer Youth Institute (SYI) in conversation with civil rights veterans.

About the Session

In commemoration of Freedom Summer’s 60th anniversary, we’re hosting an exclusive series of conversations across generations. Jaylin R. Smith, SYI alumnus, multimedia journalist, and public speaker, will engage SNCC veteran and Professor Dr. Leslie McLemore on this pivotal historical moment. You’re invited to join, engage, and share your thoughts!

About the Presenters

Jaylin R. Smith is a multimedia journalist and public speaker from Greenwood, Mississippi. She received two bachelor’s degrees in mass communications and speech communications with a concentration in broadcasting. She has recently received a master’s in journalism and new media at the University of Mississippi. As a graduate student, Jaylin worked for the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics where she was heavily involved with the Democracy Dashboard, research for the Crown Act, and press releases for the center.

Leslie‑Burl McLemore is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Jackson State University. Currently, he is a member of the Walls, MS Board of Aldermen where he made history as one of two African Americans elected to the Board.  Dr. McLemore also serves as an advisor to the Office of Alumni Development at Rust College, his alma mater.  From 2013 to 2017 he was a coach‑mentor with The W. K. Kellogg Community Leadership Network.  Currently, he is a member of the National Park Service Roundtable of Scholars.

During his tenure at Jackson State University, Dr. McLemore served as Interim President of the University in 2010.  Dr. McLemore was the founding Director of the Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and Democracy at Jackson State University.  He was Founding Chair of the Department of Political Science, as well as Former Dean of Graduate School and Founding Director of Office Research.


The views and opinions expressed in this webinar series are those of the presenters and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of The Alluvial Collective. It is our goal to create spaces for a range of perspectives on the challenging issues facing our world today.

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