“How the Constitution Worked for and against Dred Scott,” 9/15 James E. Fleming and Linda C. McClain Constitution Day Lecture with Lynne M. Jackson

 09/15/2022

For the Kinder Institute’s annual James E. Fleming and Linda C. McClain Constitution Day Lecture, Lynne M. Jackson, President and Founder of the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation and the great-great granddaughter of Harriet and Dred Scott, will unpack the backstory of the landmark Dred Scott decision and how the Constitution was used and abused in reaching it. Co-sponsored by the MU Department of Black Studies, the talk will be held at 5pm on September 15 in Cook Hall at the State Historical Society of Missouri.

Abstract

There are many twists and turns in the Dred Scott decision which lasted almost eleven years. Learn some of the back stories of how and why the decision came to be so rendered, some upcoming responses to the 14th Amendment, the Missouri Supreme Court Case of 1852, how the Constitution was used and abused, as well as the effect on the people involved.

President and Founder of the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation and the great-great granddaughter of Harriet and Dred Scott, Lynne M. Jackson received her B.A. in Business Administration and Marketing from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and started the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation to promote the commemoration, education, and reconciliation of our histories with an eye toward helping to heal the wounds of the past. She travels the country sharing the history of the landmark Dred Scott decision, and the family and attendant histories surrounding it, having addressed groups ranging from 3rd graders, to a distinguished audience at Harvard University, to the National Conference of Attorney Generals in D.C. She has received numerous awards and distinction in the process, including the Community Service Award from Community Women Against Hardship (2003); the Freedom Dred Scott Legacy Award (2007); a Missouri Senate resolution (2008); the Phenomenal Woman Award from the Center for Racial Harmony (2011); and the Empowering Women Who Inspire Award (2013). In 2012, under her leadership, the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation erected the first statue of Harriet and Dred Scott, designed and created by Harry Weber, which stands outside the Old Courthouse in St. Louis, MO. A full biography can be found here.