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.