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The Foundation's Mission

The MJCHF works diligently to promote awareness of the cultural mission of the Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities, and to provide support for humanities programming offered by the Center, an arm of Lewis and Clark Community College. 

“Our world is becoming increasingly pluralistic and polarized. We must learn to listen to our neighbors from around the world, and develop a better understanding and appreciation for their struggles and concerns, to inform our way forward to solutions and progress.”

Dale Chapman, President
Lewis and Clark Community College  

Engage with us to learn more about our vision and progress, and get involved by sharing your ideas or supporting our efforts through partnerships and donations.


mission statement

The MJCH conducts activities that promote mutual understanding and respect among people of different cultures, races, ethnicities, religions, and other distinctions; influence positive social change by transforming attitudes and perceptions towards greater acceptance, tolerance, and interaction among these groups; and ultimately remove barriers that hinder individuals and groups from realizing their aspirations and full potential.


"Many of us aren’t dreamers. Mannie is rare; he is a dreamer and it takes someone like him, a person with a vision and the ability to move people into action to make something beautiful out of troubled wreckage."  

Herman Shaw, President
Lincoln School Alumni Foundation  

“Mannie uses his experiences and circumstances in his childhood to make life better for other people. He serves as a role model of transformational leadership to this community and internationally. This Center will serve to enrich the lives of generations to come.”  

Dr. Dale Chapman, President
Lewis and Clark Community College  

"Mannie has walked the road of boxcar to boardrooms. It was a journey comprised of opportunities to go to the next level and failure. He chose to go to the next level rather than using his conditions, obstacles and circumstances as a crutch. That is a story that every individual can understand. That is what the Center will provide - opportunities."  

Dr. Ed Hightower, Executive Director
Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities Foundation  


Inspiring and leading world change through humanities programs and educational activities, the Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities seeks to serve as a major educational center.

ECONOMIC IMPACT: $81,014,203 
JOBS: 846


The MJCH will also host professional education institutes that focus on teachers implementing the humanities to inspire their students to reach above the stars through education in order to pull themselves from a lifetime cycle of poverty.The Center will serve as a place where major speakers from across the world will draw thousands of visitors to the Madison County Area, while raising the level of education for individuals locally, nationally and internationally.

Board of Directors

Facility Rental

With three conference rooms ranging in size from 60 to 140 people and full service catering available, the MJCH is a great venue for your event, gathering or program. Fill out the form and we will reach out to you.



1210 North Main Street, Edwardsville, IL