Dr. Robert Luckett is a tenured Associate Professor of History and Director of the Margaret Walker Center at Jackson State University. His book, Joe T. Patterson and the White South’s Dilemma: Evolving Resistance to Black Advancement, was published by the University Press of Mississippi (2015). Along with numerous publications and presentations, he has appeared in documentaries, including the Independent Lens film Spies of Mississippi as well as An Ordinary Hero about the life of Joan Trumpauer Mulhollhand. He is an Advisory Board member for the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and for the Mississippi Book Festival, and he serves as the Vice-President of the Board of Common Cause Mississippi as well as the Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Association of African American Museums.
In 2017, Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba appointed him to the Board of Trustees of Jackson Public Schools, and, most recently, he has received a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network Fellowship for his work in racial equity.