President Emeritus Dr. John A. Peoples Jr. is the featured guest for the inaugural “The JSU Legacy Project” podcast.
This new series by University Communications spotlights leaders, legends and newsmakers who have influenced the history of Jackson State University.
In the first installment, media relations specialist L.A. Warren conducts a compelling interview based on the profound books of the courageous sixth president: “How We Got Over” and “To Survive and Thrive.” In an exclusive, candid discussion, Peoples recalls the horrific campus shootings in 1970 that left two students dead and a dozen injured. And, despite unprecedented growth in construction and enrollment during a racially charged era, his outspokenness on behalf of JSU irked many College Board members. As a result, conspirators vowed to block JSU from becoming anything other than a Negro teacher’s college.
Peoples rebelled. However, the board’s intense discrimination led to his eventual firing and a near-emotional breakdown. Today, Peoples sets the record straight about the many falsehoods by some board members who he nicknamed “Lucifer” and “Diablo,” which is a Spanish term for “the devil.”