Organizations meet with federal officials

By Cherraye Oats
Executive Director
Fannie Lou Hamer Center

The Fannie Lou Hamer Center in Eupora and the Dignity in Schools Campaign went to Washington on March 24-26 to meet with key officials about fully funding education, teacher salaries, school discipline, data collection and ending corporal punishment in schools receiving federal services.
While we were there, organizations were invited to the White House to meet with President Obama’s key officials.
We had discussions about the federal guidelines around discipline policies and the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, which the Obama administration launched in February. We met with Malinda Clark, Marco Davis and Christopher Scott.
The Fannie Lou Hamer Center is proud to announce that we are the recipients of funding from “My Brother’s Keeper,” which will start here in Webster and five surrounding counties in October. The initiative is a public-private partnership focused on improving outcomes for males of color.

 

Second District U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson and documentary photographer Dr. Doris A. Derby (l.) present Oats two photos that Derby captured of civil rights icon Fannie Lou Hamer, who was Oats’ aunt. The presentation was made in Washington.

Second District U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson and documentary photographer Dr. Doris A. Derby (l.) present Oats two photos that Derby captured of civil rights icon Fannie Lou Hamer, who was Oats’ aunt. The presentation was made in Washington.

Scott and Oats

Scott and Oats

Cherraye Oats of the Eupora-based Fannie Lou Hamer Center (r.) and co-worker Joyce Parker of Greenville attend a meeting about education issues at the White House. Officials they met with included Christopher Scott, policy adviser for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans.

Cherraye Oats of the Eupora-based Fannie Lou Hamer Center (r.) and co-worker Joyce Parker of Greenville attend a meeting about education issues at the White House. Officials they met with included Christopher Scott, policy adviser for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans.