Mississippi’s Greatest Athletes

Mississippi’s Greatest Athletes

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art.

The Lauren Rogers Museum of Art will present artTalk on Thursday, April 16 at noon featuring Rick Cleveland.

Cleveland is an author and the executive director of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. He will be discussing the latest of his three books. "Mississippi's Greatest Athletes."

A native of Hattiesburg, Cleveland is the most decorated sports journalist in Mississippi history. He has more than 40 years of experience as a sports editor and columnist. He has won many state, regional, and national awards for his writing and reporting. In 2011 he became the first sports writer ever to be honored with the prestigious Richard Wright Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Excellence. Previous winners include such authors as Eudora Welty, Richard Ford, and Willie Morris. He has also received the Distinguished Mississippian Award from the Mississippi Press Association's Education Foundation in 2000.

He still writes on the Hall of Fame's website www.msfame.com. His weekly column is syndicated through the Mississippi Press Association and appears in 28 Mississippi newspapers.

artTalk, sponsored by West Quality Food Services, Inc., is free and open to the public. Guests are invited to bring their lunch - desserts and beverages will be provided.

About the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art

Lauren Rogers Museum of Art is a private, non-profit organization operating for the benefit of the public. The Museum is located at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Seventh Street in historic downtown Laurel. The galleries are open from 10:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. For more information call 601-649-6374 or visit www.LRMA.org.