100 Black Men of Jackson to host scholarship and mentoring celebration

LeRoy Walker (third from right), an active member and former president of 100 Black Men of Jackson, makes sure youth are ready for Saturday's event.

JANS — The 100 Black Men of Jackson’s signature event will take place this Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010, at Jackson State University in the Walter Payton Complex. According to President Shelton Swanier, the 100 Black Men of Jackson chose the theme “What They See is What They’ll Be” for this year’s 20th Anniversary Scholarship & Mentoring Celebration because “it clearly represents the organization’s interest and commitment for delivering support services that both assist and encourage our youth to achieve their educational goals and strive to accomplish their dreams.”

Practicing what they preach, this year’s featured speaker is a youth leader. Justis Gibbs, the son of Robert and Debra Gibbs, is a tenth grade APAC student at Murrah High School.  “We are so proud of Justis. I look forward to hearing his remarks,” exclaimed Mr. Gibbs, who is also a past president of 100 Black Men of Jackson.

As a kindergarten student at New Hope Christian School, Justis discovered a love for acting when he was cast as Joseph in the school’s Christmas play.  Since that time Justis has appeared in numerous New Stage Theatre’s productions, including “Raisin in the Sun,” “Jr. Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory,” and “Jr. Beauty and the Beast.”  Justis has also landed roles in several television commercials, including one for Gear Up Mississippi, where he encourages students to stay in school. Justis is a member of Free Mission Baptist Church where he is an active member of the youth ministry.  He serves as an usher and sings in the youth choir.

“This is an opportunity to witness the 100 Black Men of Jackson Mentees – our ‘Diamonds in the Rough’ and ‘Future Leaders’ – share their talents, excitement and joy.  It would be an honor to have you join us for this exciting occasion!  See you there,” added Swanier.

For more information, call the office of the 100 Black Men of Jackson at 601-366-8301.