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Dowell Taylor 


Michele Purvis Harris


Korey Johnson

Dowell Taylor, a native of Jackson, Mississippi, is a graduate of Callaway High School. He also attended Jackson State University receiving the B.M.E. and M.M.E. degrees, respectively. Mr. Taylor participated in the JSU “Sonic Boom of the South” Marching Band Tuba Section, and during his undergraduate. Durning Mr. Dowell Taylor, years he arranged more than 100 band selections including the current JSU theme song, “Get Ready”, originally arranged by John Paul Jones.

  Mrs. Michele Purvis Harris, a 1984 Political Science graduate of Jackson State University is a native of Mt. Olive, MS. Mrs. Harris is the daughter of  Madison and Mary Magee, who were both educators. In 2012, Senior Circuit Court Judge Tomie T. Green appointed Mrs. Harris to the position of Hinds County Public Defender where she became the first female, as well as the first African American to hold the position. As Public Defender, Mrs. Harris oversees an office of eleven attorneys, two investigators, and four legal secretaries.    Mr. Korey Johnson, a 2013 graduate of Jackson State University and a second year MD student at the University of Louisville in Kentucky is a native of Eudora, Arkansas. Mr.Johnson expressed, "Growing up as an African American male in Arkansas, a former staple of the Confederacy; comes with a limited worldview."  Mr. Johnson ventures to look toward the future and the possibilities that are in front of him. It is his hope to move the needle just a little bit further for the next generation.









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