Robert Luckett (Jackson State University)

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Robert Luckett Jr. is a civil-rights historian and champion—both by training and upbringing—after watching his parents fight for civil rights. His mother, Jeanne Luckett, worked for health-care access for women and children, and his father, Robert Luckett Sr., was the first white principal at Jim Hill High School after desegregation.

Luckett Jr. left Mississippi to attend college, but a job at Jackson State University brought him back 10 years ago.

Today, he’s an associate professor who runs the Margaret Walker Center and the COFO Center on JSU’s campus. He was one of six members of the scholarly team that reviewed documents for the Mississippi Civil Rights 
Museum. And in November 2017, Mayor Lumumba appointed him to the Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees.

“Equitable access to quality education is our number-one civil-rights issue (in Mississippi),” Luckett Jr. says. “I love teaching, and because of what I teach, I get to do more (for my community).” —Dawn Dugle

Address: Jackson State University, 1400 John R. Lynch St.,

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