LCCC approves Mannie Jackson Heart proposal

GODFREY – Lewis and Clark Neighborhood Faculty trustees on Tuesday voted to approve a licensing settlement with the faculty and Edwardsville Faculty District 7 to maintain the Mannie Jackson Heart for the Humanities facility up and operating.

The movement was initially tabled on the November assembly.

In June 2021, LCCC President Ken Trzaska hosted neighborhood boards to assemble suggestions on what must be carried out with the middle. The plan, constructed by Trzaska and the faculty’s management crew, proposed licensing house within the constructing to the Edwardsville college district for at least 5 years. The remainder of the constructing can be overseen by LCCC for programming and rental.


As soon as the house of Lincoln Faculty, the constructing was donated to LCCC by entrepreneur and African American enterprise chief Mannie Jackson to accommodate the previous Mannie Jackson Heart for the Humanities Basis. LCCC opened the renovated constructing in December 2015.

LCCC will keep a presence on the middle. Mya Lawrence, Director of Range, Fairness, and Inclusive Excellence, would spend a part of every week on the middle, partly to be close to the college district’s DEI management. The faculty plans to have a crew member present operational oversight of the middle as an extension of LCCC’s oversight of the N.O. Nelson website in Edwardsville. 

Earlier than the vote, folks had the chance to share their ideas on the proposal. LCCC alumni Rachel Harris mentioned the middle is vital that LCCC.

“It teaches our youthful era that what you do is vital, and that occasion they’ll go away their legacy for future generations,” Harris mentioned.

Debbie Witsken, a LCCC school member, mentioned the assembly was greater than saving the middle, however to plea to alter the minds and beliefs of board members.

“What we want is a collective mindset on how we, collectively, can propel Lewis and Clark ahead with real look after the longer term,” she mentioned.

The proposal was accredited 5-3 with LCCC Board Chairman David Heyen and trustees Kevin Rust and Charles Hanfelder voting towards the proposal. Rust mentioned the proposal failed to contemplate the opinion of the faculty’s college students.

“This proposal comprises no specifics, and perhaps just a few generalities, on what it gives for the scholars,” he mentioned earlier than requesting the board once more delay a vote on the proposal. His movement was shortly voted down. 

“This (the proposal) is the mission of the establishment and what that middle stands for,” mentioned LCCC Trustee Brenda Walker McCain. 

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