“We are looking for a solid, action packed weekend,” said J.C. Hill, one of the coordinators with the Alcorn County Branch NAACP.
Themed “Assuring the past, buzzing into the future,” the events will recognize not just the yellow jackets but other schools throughout Corinth and Alcorn County, he said.
Edward Bishop Jr., son of former mayor and educator E.S. Bishop, will speak at Sunday’s 3 p.m. memorial service.
“They will give recognition to all of the members who have passed, calling those names, lighting a candle and having a special prayer,” said Hill.
Bishop, a Corinth native, has worn many different hats through the years. Currently owner of Premier Mortgage Company of Jackson, he previously became Mississippi’s first minority news anchor as a newsman for WJTV of Jackson. He hosted a long-running program, “Power to the People.”
Bishop is also a former high school teacher of six years. He was a graduation supply salesman for 15 years, a buyer for men’s clothing for Carson Perry Scott Company of Chicago and a sales consultant for the large Krochs and Brenthnos bookstore in Chicago.
Bishop has helped youth and adult unemployed women with job placement, among other programs aimed at community improvement.
Hill is particularly excited about the entertainment to be provided at the Black & Gold Ball by PurElegance, a band out of the Memphis area.
“They play a good mix of music, and I think this is going to be one of the better bands that we have had,” he said. “They are so versatile and they really know how to interact with the crowd and get a good crowd response.”
Advance tickets are available from any committee member.
The weekend’s schedule:
Registration: 1 - 5 p.m. at Johns Street Community Center
Fiesta: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Crossroads Arena
Parade: 9 a.m.
Picnic: Following parade at Crossroads Regional Park
Registration: 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. at park pavilion
Black & Gold Ball: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Crossroads Arena
Memorial service: 3 p.m. at St. Mark Baptist Church