David H. Jackson Jr. is a professor of history and the chair of the Department of History, Political Science, Public Administration, Geography, and African American Studies at Florida A&M University, a position he has held for the last nine years. Jackson has published five scholarly books and numerous scholarly articles, book chapters, short essays, and book reviews, and he has spoken at more than one hundred professional conferences, universities, public schools, prisons, courts, churches and other venues throughout the United States. He is the author most recently of Booker T. Washington and the Struggle against White Supremacy: The Southern Educational Tours, 1908-1912 (2008). He has received numerous awards from his university, including multiple teaching and research awards and the Rattler Pride Award for Community Leadership; he was also named one of the university's "Outstanding Alumni of the Quasquicentennial." In 2014 he received the American Historical Association’s Equity Award in recognition of his achievements in training and mentoring minority historians, having sent more than thirty students to doctoral programs in the last decade.
Lecture examines the life and legacy of Charles Banks, Booker T. Washington's chief lieutenant in Mississippi. Banks became the most powerful African American leader in Mississippi during the Progressive Era. His major work as a business leader was done from Mound Bayou, Mississippi, reputedly the oldest all-black town in America.