Hair, Hue and History

Dr. D'Andra Orey and Mrs. Erin Shirley Orey

Dr. and Mrs. Orey will present case studies and research related to how physical appearance of African Americans influence public perception and reactions, and how those reactions can affect the reality that African Americans face in Mississippi and America.

Board Member Pam Confer will lead that luncheon.

Join us for a lively discussion and opportunity for Q&A.

Click to register for luncheon.

Time: 11:45 AM to 1 PM
Date: Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Location: Mississippi Arts Center; 201 E. Pascagoula St., Jackson, MS
Admission: $12 ($10 for members)

Jackson 2000 Supports "Stand Up/Take It Down" Rally

The Board of Directors of Jackson 2000 has by vote affirmed our formally joining in the sponsorship of the "Stand Up/Take It Down" community-wide rallies to be held on Monday, June 29th, 2015, at the Mississippi State Capitol. We support changing the flag of the State of Mississippi so as to remove the Battle Flag of the Confederacy, with the final design to yet be determined. 

From the press release: A rally will be held at the state Capitol Building on the south stairs on Monday June 29th from 10:30AM until 1:00 PM, and again at 4:30PM until 7:00PMCome out and show your support for changing the flag. THE TIME IS NOW!

We also commit ourselves to be present for said rallies as personal schedules permit recognizing that one of the rallies will be held at the time of our monthly Board meeting

As our board member Dorothy Triplett reminds us,”… changing the flag is only one of the many changes needed - hopefully we won't be distracted from our advocacy for addressing the underlying issue of racism in additional ways that will have lasting impact on the citizens of Jackson, MS, and beyond.”

- Jake Smith and J. David Waugh, Co-Chairs, on behalf of the board of directors

Photo Wall: Friendship Ball Gala 2015

Thanks to everyone who attended this wonderful event!

A Successful Day of Dialogue On Race

On November 12, 2014 Jackson 2000 held its first ever Day of Dialogue on Race at the Jackson State University E-Center. Participants arrived at 8:30am and spent a full day getting to know each other and discussing racial issues. Among the participants were nearly 30 students from nearby Wingfield High School. In total, including our facilitators, we had nearly 90 people participate in the Day of Dialogue event. 

We thank all of our participants for being a part of this experience, and
our partners, especially Jackson State University and the Nissan Foundation for helping us to make this happen. A special thanks to our facilitators.
We hope that we will be able to put on another Day of Dialogue in the spring of 2015.

2014 Friendship Golf Outing Photos:

Thanks to event sponsors, team sponsors and golfers who participated. It was a great day and a wonderful opportunity to get together!

Our Services:

Jackson 2000 Dialogue Circles

Jackson 2000's signature service to the community are the Dialogue Circles that we offer in a number of different contexts. Dialogue Circles are structured, facilitated discussions among diverse groups of individuals in a comfortable, safe setting. 

The goal is to open up about issues -- both sensitive issues and personal experiences -- to better understand one another. The result is frequently new friendships and relationships that can continue beyond the Circle into the community as a whole.

Youth Dialogue Circles


Alumni of the Youth Dialogue Circles sessions held between Jim Hill High School and North West Rankin joined together in Jim Hill’s homecoming day parade on Friday, October 5, 2012 to march together for understanding and racial diversity, despite being rivals in the game held later that night.

The students from the two schools had participated in a dialogue circle earlier in the year that created lasting memories and friendships, encouraging the students and school educators to continue with the program. They are scheduled to have more group sessions in 2013, preceded by a joint community service project with Habitat for Humanity in November. The success of this pilot youth program has encouraged Jackson 2000, with the help of motivated teachers and school administrations, to expand into other local high schools. 

Interested teachers or administrators can contact Dominic DeLeo, Dialogue Circle committee coordinator by email at deleo.dominic@gmail.com to discuss setting up a program at their school.

Welcome to Jackson 2000!

Jackson 2000 is a non-profit corporation based in Jackson, Mississippi that is dedicated to fostering understanding and building harmony between people of different races, ethnicities and backgrounds. Currently in our 26th year, Jackson 2000 presents monthly issue luncheons, free social events and ongoing Dialogue Circles that promote discussion, understanding, friendships and better working relationships throughout the community.

Special Thanks!

Jackson 2000 thanks the Nissan Foundation for its generous support in 2013-2015. The foundation's support has allowed us to expand our adult Dialogue Circle program and enabled us to create both high school and college dialogue circle programs.


We celebrate the memory and mourn the loss of Owen Brooks, our 2012 Friendship Ball Honoree, for his lifetime of contributions to furthering equality and racial harmony.

He will be missed.

- The Board of Jackson 2000

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