Mississippi Cultural Heritage Society

"A National Cultural Heritage Tourism Society Affiliate"


Helen Luster


 Helen Luster is a retired educator and celebrated Christian Activist  who is concerned about the plight of her community and the development of businesses that can provide jobs and opportunities for the disenfranchised.  She is very active in prison ministry.  Luster is touted across the state of Mississippi for her involvement in community related projects.   

Helen earned a M.S. in Adult Education from Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas and a B.S. in Elementary Education from Mississippi Valley State University.

 Her most noteworthy work in support of her community endeavors includes the marketing and promotion of Historic Black Communities and Colleges. 




Mississippi Association of vocation Education, National Employment training Association, American Vocational Association, Adult Vocational Education Association, Mississippi Valley State University Alumni Association, Kansas State University Alumni Association, Mississippi Chapter March of Dimes, Cade Chapel New Member Orientation, Renaissance Club Vice- President, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, Leadership Jackson, Welcome Neighbor Club, Lady Drivers Golf,  No Child Left Behind Enhancement, Volunteer Chaplain Mississippi Department of Corrections,  I.S. Sanders YMCA Board Member, WJSU Cornerstone Society Board Member. 



Mississippi Business Journal, Mississippi 50 Leading Business Woman 2000, Meritorious Award Mississippi Valley State University 1991, Lieutenant Governor’s Office Business Influencing Award 1999. 

Contact Information:  luster_helen@yahoo.com 



 Bessie W. Hutchins


Vice President 

Bessie W. Hutchins is an educator and has been a teaching   faculty member in the Department of Criminal Justice at Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) for more than ten of her twenty year tenure at the University.  She also served as coordinator for MVSU Criminal Justice Undergraduate Program. Prior to becoming a full-time instructor, Bessie worked in the Institutional Research Division where she served as the assistant to the director.  She is concerned about the “cradle to prison pipeline” and has participated in dismantling efforts. 

Bessie has completed the Ph.D. coursework in the Administration of Justice at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) in Hattiesburg.  She also earned a Master of Science in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Mississippi Valley State University.

Bessie is very active in students and alumni engagement at Mississippi Valley State University. She is the founding advisor for two esteemed honor societies at her alma mater: Zeta Tau Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma (the Criminal Justice National Honor Society), and, Golden Key International Honour Society. She also served as president and vice president of local chapters of MVSU National Alumni Association, Inc.

Bessie has been described as “always” being a teacher and if there is one word to describe Bessie as an educator, it would be “transformer.” She has a natural ability to effect change. She volunteers every summer at a local church in the community tutoring junior and high school students. In addition, She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Greenwood Leflore Autism Spectrum Society and, Education Committee for the Greenwood Leflore Chamber of Commerce, as advisor to the executive director for the Mississippi Black Chamber of Commerce.

 You may contact Bessie W. Hutchins at bhutch2@yahoo.com or 662-458-2771.