- The Fannie Lou Hamer Memorial Symposium Lecture Series This two-day program was founded in 1983 and is held each fall in early October to coincide with Mrs. Hamer's birthday. The program is presented by The Department of Political Science at Jackson State University and The Hamer Institute. Recent topics have included Civic Engagement in a Testing Culture: Creating Active Citizens in a Multiple-Choice World (2004) and Developing Active Citizens: Innovative Curricula Engaging the Civil Rights Movement (2005). Keynote presenters have included Dr. Jeanne Middleton-Hairston, Director of the Freedom School Program of the Children's Defense Fund and Dr. Robert "Bob" Moses, Founding Director of The Algebra Project.
The 2007 Lecture Series was a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the founding of The Hamer Institute. Entitled The Current Status of Civil Rights Research and Pedagogy: A Gathering of Friends and Scholars, the program provided Hamer Institute alumni the opportunity to present their research and renew friendships with one another and the founding faculty members.