Jesse L. Brown Lodge honors leaders at fifteenth annual Black Hi - WDAM - TV 7 - News, Weather and Sports

Jesse L. Brown Lodge honors leaders at fifteenth annual Black History Banquet

Posted: Updated:
  • Most ReadMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • City of Hattiesburg employee fails to register as sex offender

    City of Hattiesburg employee fails to register as sex offender

    Thursday, July 31 2014 12:04 PM EDT2014-07-31 16:04:34 GMT
    A City of Hattiesburg employee is behind bars for failing to register as a sex offender. Public Works employee Martaze Denzel Hammond, 35, was arrested Wednesday by the Forrest County Sheriff's DepartmentMore >>
    A City of Hattiesburg employee is behind bars for failing to register as a sex offender. Public Works employee Martaze Denzel Hammond, 35, was arrested Wednesday by the Forrest County Sheriff's Department after exceeding a 90 day period in which to register as a sex offender.More >>
  • Lamar Co. man sentenced in federal court on drug charges

    Lamar Co. man sentenced in federal court on drug charges

    Thursday, July 31 2014 12:31 PM EDT2014-07-31 16:31:27 GMT
    A Lamar County man has been sentenced to nearly 8 years in federal prison on drug charges. Tommy Lucas, 48, was sentenced to 95 months by U.S. District Court Judge Keith Starrett Thursday morning. LuacsMore >>
    A Lamar County man has been sentenced to nearly 8 years in federal prison on drug charges. Tommy Lucas, 48, was sentenced to 95 months by U.S. District Court Judge Keith Starrett Thursday morningMore >>
  • Four arrested after attempted correctional facility drug crime

    Four arrested after attempted correctional facility drug crime

    Thursday, July 31 2014 4:21 PM EDT2014-07-31 20:21:06 GMT
    Four suspects were arrested Thursday during an attempt to commit a crime at the South Mississippi Correctional Institution. According to prison officials, officers responded to a fence alarm around 5 a.m.,More >>
    Four suspects were arrested Thursday during an attempt to commit a crime at the South Mississippi Correctional Institution. According to prison officials, officers responded to a fence alarm around 5 a.m., July 31, 2014, at the SMCI campus located in Leakesville, MS where officers found two packages. K9 personnel picked up a trail of the suspects which lead towards Wildcat Corner, located at the corner of High School Road and Hwy. 57 near Leakesville.More >>
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

The Elks of the Jesse L. Brown Lodge No. 1450 honored Judge Johnny L. Williams at the lodge's fifteenth annual Black History Banquet Sunday.

"These programs are set up to honor these people that have gone on and paved the way for our young people," said lodge member Marshall Bell. "This is a history lesson every year about what has happened in the past and what's going to happen in the future in the black community as well as the overall community here in Hattiesburg."

Judge Williams currently serves as the Chancery Court judge for the tenth judicial district, serving in this capacity for 18 years. He also serves on the board of directors for the Area Development Partnership and the Pine Burr Area Scouting and is a member of Lions International.

"One of the things we all can do to really honor our black history and our heritage is try to live out the deeds of those who have come before us, not only remembering them just this month but every day of our lives," said Williams.

Former recipients include Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree, Mississippi state Representative Percy W. Watson, Hattiesburg city attorney Charles E. Lawrence, Jr., among others.

Copyright 2014 WDAM. All rights reserved.