Annual Reconciliation Celebration Banquet
2012 Racial Reconciliation Celebration Banquet!
Celebrating how far we have come & Casting the Vision
Thursday, October 25 2012 7pm
Jackson Convention Complex in Jackson, MS
“Overcome the past and face the challenge of working together now to be reconciled.”
This year’s Honorees:
For more than fifty years, Jack Reed, Sr. (b. 1924) has been a voice of reason in Mississippi–speaking from his platform as a prominent businessman and taking leadership roles in education, race relations, economic and community development, and even church governance.
He spoke out on behalf of public education and racial equality. His willingness to participate in civic affairs and his oratorical skills led him to leadership roles at state, regional, and national levels–including the presidency of the Mississippi Economic Council, chairmanship of President George H. W. Bush’s National Advisory Council on Education, and charter membership on the United Methodist Church Commission on Religion and Race.
His extraordinary community service includes chairing the Yocona Area Council, the 1st United Methodist Church, Lift, Inc., the C.D.F., the M.E.C., C.R.E.A.T.E, and serving as the first lay chairman of the State Board of Education.
After his education at Vanderbilt and New York University along with service in World War II, Jack Reed Sr. returned back home to Tupelo. His energy and ability helped make Reed’s the leading independent store in North Mississippi.
Dr. Ollye Shirley is a co-founder and President of Visions 2000 Plus, Inc., a company that consults with school districts and prepares students to take the ACT Assessment. She is currently the Director of the New Focus for Youth Intervention Program, a program for under-performing student enrolled in the Jackson Public School District.
Dr. Shirley was active in the Civil Rights activities in Vicksburg, and registered voters during the 1964 registration campaign. She helped to organize the Vicksburg Citizens’ Appeal newspaper in 1964 and served as the first editor of the paper. From 1994 – 2005, She served as the Chairperson for the Education Committee for the Mississippi State Conference NAACP. In that capacity, Dr. Shirley investigated racial complaints around the state and filed many complaints against school districts.
She received her B.A. in English from Tougaloo College, and M.Ed. from Mississippi College, and Ed.S from Jackson State University and a Ph.D in Higher Education from the University of Mississippi.
Individual tickets: $65
All sponsorship levels receive 10 tickets to event. Reception access varies by level. Reception with honorees begins at 6 p.m.
Silver – $500 (10 banquet and 2 reception tickets)
Gold – $1,000 (10 banquet tickets and 4 reception tickets)
Platinum – $2,000 (10 reception tickets and 6 reception tickets plus recognition at all MM Events)
Diamond – $5,000 (10 banquet tickets and 10 reception tickets plus recognition at all MM Events)
For more information about purchasing tickets or a sponsorship please call the Mission Mississippi office at 601.353.6477.
Please make all checks payable to Mission Mississippi. Mailing address is P.O. Box 22655, Jackson, MS 39225.
We look forward to seeing you there to celebrate with us!