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Last modified: Tuesday, January 29, 2002

First African American mayor of Jackson, Miss., to deliver Neal-Marshall Lecture

Harvey Johnson Jr., the first African American mayor of Jackson, Miss., will deliver the 2002 Neal-Marshall Lecture in Public Policy on Feb. 6 at 12:30 p.m. in the atrium of the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs in Bloomington.

The lecture is named in honor of the first African American male and female graduates of IU, Marcellus Neal and Frances Marshall Eagleson. Intended to support IU's initiative to enhance the participation of African Americans and other minorities in the life of the university, the lecture is sponsored each year during Black History Month by the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the Neal-Marshall Alumni Association.

Johnson was the founder and director of the Mississippi Institute for Small Towns, a non-profit agency dedicated to helping economically depressed towns obtain basic necessities such as water and sewer service.

He was born in Vicksburg, Miss., on the Mississippi Delta and received his bachelor's degree in political science from Tennessee State University. He earned his master's degree in political science at the University of Cincinnati. He is a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National Conference of Black Mayors and the National Conference of Democratic Mayors.

Johnson's lecture is free and open to the public.