Medgar Evers House and WJTV News Channel 12 Partner for Inauguration Coverage

Tougaloo, Miss. — Tougaloo College and WJTV News Channel 12 will hold a news conference Monday morning, January 12, 2009, at 10 a.m. at the Medgar Evers House to announce a unique partnership for coverage of the inauguration of President Barack Obama on January 20th.

Medgar Evers House, a museum owned and operated by Tougaloo College, will serve as “home base” for News Channel 12’s wall-to-wall coverage of the presidential inauguration on Tuesday, January 20, 2009. “It seemed a very natural fit,” says Tougaloo College president, Beverly W. Hogan. “Medgar Evers House is one of the most noteworthy historic sites of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi, so it seemed an obvious choice to provide the backdrop for coverage of this historic inauguration.”

The College will host an open house and fundraiser for the museum on Monday, January 19, 2009, from 6:00 until 7:30 p.m. News Channel 12 will air a 30-minute live special from that event and then coverage of a live inauguration viewing party from the House that will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday and run until about 1:00 p.m. “We are inviting the community to come out and join us for this historic and unique coverage of the inauguration,” added President Hogan.

The event will be interactive with live streaming on the News Channel 12 website ( and blogs will be established for people around the country to share their feelings about the historic election and inauguration. A group of Tougaloo College students from the Department of Mass Communication will be traveling to Washington, DC for the inauguration with stops along the way at historic sites of the Civil Rights Movement. They will be sharing footage and live interviews from those sites, as well as from the inauguration itself, for the broadcast.

“Throughout its history, Tougaloo College has vigorously and systematically engaged its students in activities to improve their communities, their state and the nation through service,” adds President Hogan. “The College has a history of bringing its students shoulder to shoulder with community activists and leaders to make a difference.”

Medgar Evers House is located at 2332 Margaret Walker Alexander Drive in Jackson.

Tougaloo College Press Release