HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -
The members of the Jesse L. Brown Lodge will hold their 16th annual banquet this Sunday in celebration of Black History Month. The lodge and its members have a history of helping in our community and across the state. And since the lodge is named for the first black American naval aviator, they have quite a legacy to live up to. 65 years ago Ensign Jesse Brown died in North Korea. He took on the odds and fought against those who said he would never make it as a navy pilot. We should be proud he called Mississippi home.
However impressive, Mr. Brown will not be the focus of the banquet this weekend. The celebration will honor Dr. Eddie Holloway, Dean of Students at Southern Miss. Dr. Holloway served Hattiesburg as city councilman for 16 years. His work as a consultant on leadership, substance abuse treatment, cultural diversity and personal development makes him a great asset to our community and worthy of this honor.
For more information on the banquet this Sunday at the Thad Cochran Center on USM's campus, please call 601-606-5020. The keynote speaker is Bishop James Swanson, Sr. Tickets are only $35 and includes dinner.