Hinds County legislative delegation celebrates MLK Day with 32nd Annual Prayer Breakfast

By Emanuel D. Williams JA Government/Politics Writer The city of Jackson and Hinds County unite every year for a plethora of fun-filled and meaningful activities during the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Weekend. One long-standing tradition has been occurring since 1991, just shy of a decade after President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law. That year, the late Senator Alice Harden and other community members, including Dr. Aaron Shirley, led the charge to start the Hinds County Legislators MLK Prayer Breakfast. The prayer breakfast was held initially at the Masonic Temple, and as it grew it moved to Amazing Institutional C.O.G.I.C. and then to Greater Bethlehem Temple Church in West Jackson. Rep. Earle Banks led the charge when Senator Harden fell ill and has been organizing the breakfast ever since.  “It’s been a wonderful turnout this morning for the community, for the village, to come and celebrate the legacy

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A call to conscience: Let us be dissatisfied

By Rev. Dr. CJ Rhodes, II JA Guest Writer Editor’s Note: Rev. C.J. Rhodes was the guest speaker for the annual Tougaloo College/Millsaps partnership celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King. The event was held the evening of Monday, January 16 at Millsaps College’s Yates Chapel. This is his speech in its entirety. Good evening. Thank you, Reena [Evers-Everette], for that generously kind introduction. You and your family mean more to me than you know.  To Presidents Pearigen and Walters, and all gathered here representing Millsaps College and Tougaloo College, respectively; to other program participants; members of the clergy, including Bishop Sharma Lewis of the Mississippi United Methodist Conference and retiring Bishop Brian Seage of the Episcopal Church; to those ice cold Men of Distinction, my brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; members of Mt. Helm Church who are present; and to all of you. It is good

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A Salute to Dr. Ivory Phillips!

Dr. Ivory Phillips has been a contributing writer to the Jackson Advocate for 42 years. He has been instrumental in highlighting issues in the Jackson community that deal with education and politics.

Mississippi Voices

OPINION: Thoughts on HB370

By Charlie Braxton Jackson Advocate Guest Writer Recently, Representative Shanda Yates introduced a key amendment to the State Legislature – House Bill number 370. HB370

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