JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The inaugural issue of Who's Who In Black Mississippi was unveiled in Jackson before a packed crowd of supporters. Among those featured in this new book, community activists, educators and the former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture for President Bill Clinton.
Business leaders, politicians, doctors, you name the profession or cause and there's a representative in this group of Mississippians.
"We have more than 275 African Americans featured in Who's Who in Black Mississippi. We have spiritual leaders, we have entrepreneurs. We have professionals, we have academia," said Juanita Sims Doty, Associate Publisher of the book.
Now their legacy in the African American community and this state, will live on for generations in this book, Who's Who in Black Mississippi.
"This is our first state book. It's gonna be a phenomenal tool for African American young people to role model and see what they can be by visualizing it and reading about phenomenally talented African Americans who lead the State of Mississippi," Carter D. Womack, Vice President of Market Development said.
Supporters say there is nothing racial about the book, it's a history lesson that chronicles the accomplishments, service, and contributions of Mississippians who are African American.
"There's so much bad news that prevails that we feel particularly our young people need to know who the real role models ought to be," said Lawrence Crawford, Chairman of the Board for Real Times Media.
"What is so important about this book, we have history being documented for those of us who live in the state of Mississippi. We started this project two years ago and we're finally realizing this publication," said Doty.
The Who's Who publications are being done across the country. There is also a section on African Americans in the media. Several members of the WLBT team are featured in the book.
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