HATTIESBURG, MS - The Elks of the Jesse L. Brown Lodge No. 1450 honored Marshall L. Bell at the lodge's 17th annual Black History Month Banquet.
The program was held at the Thad Cochran Center at the University of Southern Mississippi.
"The purpose of this banquet is to celebrate black history in Forrest County," Exalted Ruler Corey Proctor said.
"A lot of times we hear about black history in the states in general, but not focus on our very own people. Marshall L. Bell is one of the very many other ones that we've honored throughout the years."
Marshall L. Bell was the founder of the modern day track and field program at the University of Southern Mississippi. Bell restarted the track and field program in 1977 and during his 18 year tenure he elevated the Golden Eagle program to new heights.
"Marshall is a very community driven person; he is a man of integrity, a man of faith, and most importantly a family man," Proctor said.
Former recipients include Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree and USM Dean Dr. Eddie A. Holloway.