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Delores Gibbs Rankin was born in Jefferson County, Mississippi, where she attended both elementary and high school. She has two degrees from Jackson State University: a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology (1969); and a Masters in Sociology (1980). Rankin started working as an Eligibility Worker with the State Department of Public Welfare in 1970....
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Britani Danielle Johnson is a third generation Jacksonian earning both of her degrees from Jackson State University: a bachelor’s degree in mass communication (2009); and a master’s degree in public policy and administration (2015). She was recently appointed as the community relations coordinator for the Buffalo Bills, a National Football League (NFL) team in Buffalo,...
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Adam Powell is originally from Montgomery, Alabama and is the son of a state trooper and social worker. He is a proud 2005 graduate of Jackson State University where he received a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications, and he also holds a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. Inspired...
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Cornell William Brooks, former president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), will serve as Visiting Professor of the Practice of Prophetic Religion and Public Leadership at The Harvard Divinity School for the 2019 – 2020 academic year. Prior to leading the NAACP, Brooks was president and CEO of...
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Dr. Gregory A. Antoine is the former Fayetteville North Carolina VA Medical Center Chief of Staff serving over 75,000 veterans. He spent 12 years as Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Boston University School of Medicine and had a dual faculty appointment in the both the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck...
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Tramell Tillman makes his Broadway debut in the epic new play: The Great Society at Lincoln Center, September 6th – January 20th.   Tramell graduated summa cum laude from Jackson State University in 2008 with the Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications. During his matriculation, he was involved with several social and civic organizations such...
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Michael A. Gater, PHR, SHRM-CP is a native of Jackson, Mississippi.  He is a proud 1984 honors graduate of Jackson State University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. In July 2019, Gater was named the Director of Human Resources for the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority (JMAA), which is the governing entity for the...
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Dr. John A. Peoples, Jr., is a native of Starkville, Mississippi, where he attended elementary and secondary schools.  After graduating from high school, he was drafted into the United States Marine Corps and was Honor Man in his recruit training platoon and sharpshooter rifleman. He was number one in his noncommissioned officers class and spent...
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Frances Jones Nelson, of Madison, was recently elected and installed as the 34th National President of the National Federation of Music Clubs. Founded 1898, NFMC has become the largest nonprofit organization in America to promote and support American music, performers and music education. As a grassroots organization working in communities throughout America, NFMC provides musical...
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Mr. Darion Warren, CFM, is a proud alumnus of Jackson State University where he received a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration in 2005. Two years later, Warren obtained a Geographical Information System Technical Certificate from Hinds Community College. His thirst for learning continued at Belhaven University where he received a Master of Science...
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