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Epps to headline NAACP banquet
by Jebb Johnston
Apr 19, 2014 | 10 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps will headline this year’s Freedom Fund Banquet of the Alcorn Branch of NAACP.

Set for 7 p.m. Friday at the Weaver Center, it is a time to reflect on the past year and honor some of the community’s outstanding members.

“This is our only fundraiser for the year, and it’s for the whole community,” said Alexis Brown, event chair. “We invite everybody to join us.”

Honorees for service to the city and service to the citizens are Leavern Copeland, Herbert Taylor Jr. and Raymond Patterson. Community service awards will go to Danny Patterson and Jonathan Taylor.

The chapter will also recognize a student from each school for academic achievement, as well as Cortez Spence, runner-up for the state youth of the year honor from the Boys & Girls Club.

The keynote speaker, Epps, is the longest serving commissioner of the MDOC, serving with both Democratic and Republican administrations. He was appointed by Gov. Ronnie Musgrove in 2002 and reappointed by both Haley Barbour and Phil Bryant.

He began his career in corrections in 1982 as a correctional officer at the state’s oldest prison, the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. He has since served in numerous key positions, including chief of staff, deputy commissioner of institutions, deputy commissioner of community corrections, director of offender services, deputy superintendent, chief of security and corrections case manager, among others.

His expertise in the field has led to interviews with the likes of The New York Times and the CBS Evening News.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Youth tickets are $15. For tickets or information, contact Dee Dee Brown at 643-3833, Pauline Sorrell at 415-3099 or J.C. Hill at 293-0290.
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