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Federal prosecutor to speak at black history group’s banquet

Federal prosecutor to speak at black history group’s banquet

January 26th, 2014 in Texarkana News

Twin City Black History Association will welcome a renowned federal prosecutor as guest speaker for its annual Sandra Calloway Awards and Scholarship Banquet in February.

In celebration of Black History Month, the association also has planned a citywide church service, black history parade and youth rally. This year’s theme is Team Work Makes the Dream Work.

Attorney G. Douglas Jones gained international media attention as the lead federal prosecutor in the successful prosecution of the historic “cold case” involving the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., in which two former Ku Klux Klansmen were convicted almost 40 years after the crimes were committed.

In 2007, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute awarded Jones the 15th Anniversary Civil Rights Distinguished Service Award. He serves on the BCRI Board of Directors and is a member of the Public and Private Leadership Advisory Group of Birmingham Business Alliance.

Jones is a regular presenter across the country at civil rights history workshops and continuing legal education conferences.

The banquet begins at 6 p.m. Feb. 1 at Arkansas Convention Center, 5200 Convention Plaza Drive in Texarkana. Tickets are $40 per person, with sponsorships and reserved tables available by calling Rae Thigpen, banquet chairperson, at 903-278-7730
or Veronnica Fulce, TCBHA president, at 903-244-
1893.

The Rev. A.T. Jordan Sr. of Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church will be guest speaker at the citywide church service at 7 p.m. Jan. 30 at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 620 East St. in Texarkana, Ark.

The annual Black History Parade begins at 11 a.m.
Feb. 8 in downtown Texarkana. For more information or entry forms, call Al Davis at 903-899-5628 or Troy Austin at 870-772-6860.

A youth rally will begin at 1 p.m. Feb. 8 at Hickory Hill Baptist Church, 298 Cantrell St. in Nash. For more information, call Wanda Davis at 903-319-3291 or Veronnica Fulce at 903-244-1893.