Reconstruction: Promises Broken – a Talk by Local Civic Leader John Winston

John Winston

NSU’s student union ballroom hosted the inaugural 2023 talk of the Black Studies Minor Natchitoches Civil Rights Speaker Series. Community leader, educator and past president of the Natchitoches Parish Voters and Civic League, John Winston, spoke before an audience of around 40 faculty, students and local residents.

His talk centered on the Reconstruction era in US History, commonly accepted as from the end of the Civil War in 1865 to the withdrawal of federal troops from occupation of the former Confederacy in 1877. Mr. Winston spoke of the violence of the era with riots and killings in places such as Coushatta, Alexandria and Colfax. He also interspaced events outside of the timeframe, but integral to the civil rights struggle such as the Plessey v. Ferguson decision which upheld the “separate but equal” principle of racial segregation.

The event was also an opportunity to introduce Dr. Jasmine Wise, NSU’s newly hired Black Studies Minor Coordinator. The Black Studies Minor is the university’s newest academic offering and is a complement to any of NSU’s fields of study.

The Natchitoches Parish Journal wishes to welcome Dr. Wise to our community and wish her all the best in her new position.