General Missionary Baptist State Convention partners with Red Cross

By Alice Thomas-Tisdale

Jackson Advocate Publisher

JANS – The General Missionary Baptist State Convention of Mississippi (GMBSC) and the Mississippi American Red Cross are set to make history. They will come together on Monday, July 21 at 10 a.m. at the Marriott Hotel to sign a Memorandum of Understanding that establishes the framework for cooperation and support for assisting individuals and families who have been impacted by disaster. The scope of the partnership include community emergency preparedness activities; volunteer training, preparation and participation; use of church facilities around the state during disaster response; and support of community blood drives. July 21 also kicks off the GMBSC annual convention.

“Our churches have been diligently working on this partnership with the Red Cross for the past year. Our communities rely on the church in time of need, and we should be ready to respond when they do. Member churches have completed the necessary training to assist the Red Cross in time of need; we’re ready,” commented Dr. Isiac Jackson, Jr., President of the GMBSC. Sandra Hodge serves as CEO of Mississippi Red Cross.

JPD Chief Horton calms community with simple truth in Helen Harrion murder case

‘Our officers didn't follow proper protocol’

By Alice Thomas-Tisdale

Jackson Advocate Publisher

The Jackson Advocate commends JPD Chief Lindsay Horton for publicly acknowledging that two of his police officers did not follow proper protocol and responding to a 911 call placed by Helen Harrion prior to assailants breaking in her home and brutally murdering her.

Injuries sustained by Harrion include a broken neck and a gunshot wound to the face. Harrion, 67, told the 911 dispatcher at 3:23 a.m. on Tuesday that she heard a prowler.

When police arrived they knocked on the front door. When there was no answer they left. Horton said protocol was to survey the exterior of the home and/or make contact with the occupant. Neither occurred.

Harrion's body was discovered behind her house on Kingsroad Ave. in the Bel Air neighborhood around 1 p.m. Tuesday. Let us not lose sight that we as a community cannot rest until those who prey on the elderly are captured and punished.

Daniel Sweet headed to NBC World Series

JANS - A local college player is preparing to represent the United States in the 80th annual National Baseball Conference (NBC) World Series. Daniel Sweet has been named to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) baseball national team which will compete August 1-9, 2014 in Wichita, Kansas. Sweet made the 26 man roster for the showcase which is known to feature some of the best amateur players in North America.

“I am truly blessed and honored to have gotten this recognition,” Sweet said. “I try to focus on working hard and developing my game, but it is really nice when that hard
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Olympian Alice Coachman died Monday from heart failure. She was 90. Coachman was the first African American woman to win an Olympic gold medal (high jump) in the 1948 London Games. She was honored by King George VI, President Harry S. Truman, her home state of Georgia, and the incomparable Count Basie. Coachman spent her life grooming future Olympians. She is survived by her two children, Evelyn and Richmond. Funeral arrangements were incomplete at press time.

Community treasure benefits from nursing home care

By Alice Thomas-Tisdale

Jackson Advocate Publisher

A nursing home stay can be temporary. Roderick Ephram couldn’t be happier about that. His mother, Willora Ephram, better known as “Peaches,” returned home recently from Trinity Mission Health and Rehab in Clinton, Miss., after recovering from pneumonia. “I couldn’t give her the care she needed at home. She was very weak. It took three months for her to recover and get the rehab she needed,” he said. Trinity Mission provides a wide range of skilled nursing and rehabilitation services for both short stay recovery, as well as ongoing supportive services for individuals requiring long-term care. Its focus is on improving the quality of life for those they serve through its orthopedic, neurological,
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MSN Foundation to honor life and legacy of L.C. Dorsey during scholarship gala Aug. 2

JANS – Brave. Brilliant. Strong. These are just some of the words that describe Dr. L.C. Dorsey, a pioneering social worker in Mississippi who made grand strides for families and communities across this state and country. The Mary S. Nelums Foundation will honor the legacy of Dr. Dorsey during its “Spirit of Life” Tribute & Scholarship Gala. The celebration is set for Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Jackson State University‘s Student Center Ballrooms A & B.

“Dr. Dorsey was a heroine who dedicated her very soul and human energy to a lifetime fight against social, economic, and educational injustice in the state of Mississippi,” said Dr. Mary S. Nelums, founder of the Foundation. “She not only inspired me and countless other social activists, but her achievements and accomplishments serve as gifts to humanity for future generations to come.

“Dr. Dorsey died in August 2013 at the age of 74. Because of her many contributions, the Foundation decided to host an evening gala in her honor in place of the annual scholarship luncheon. Also honored will be Dr. Safiya Omari, who will receive the Social Activist Award, named after Dr. Dorsey. Dr. Omari, who recently served as Chief of Staff for Jackson’s late mayor
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Crossley to remain at Piney Woods as president

JANS – Will Crossley has been appointed the fifth president of Piney Woods School. He served as interim president for more than a year. Crossley is the first alumnus ever to lead the school in its 105-year history. The Piney Woods School, is a historically black boarding prep school which year after year sends an average of 98-100% of its graduates to college–many to some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the country.

“Piney Woods offered me a life-changing experience that my upbringing on the south side of Chicago could have never provided,” said Crossley. “At The Piney Woods School I received a seminal education and immeasurable life experiences that would help build the foundation for who I am today, and I am responsible for paying that forward. I will see to it that this school’s mission is carried enthusiastically into the future, paving the way for other kids like me who might not be able to otherwise afford all that the school can offer.”

Piney officials say they are fortunate to attract someone of Crossley’s caliber. “We are extremely fortunate that Will has agreed to serve as our new president,” said Joe
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