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|Winnsboro native to speak at Black Heritage Banquet|
The Twenty-First Annual Black Heritage Banquet will be held on Friday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Franklin Parish High School cafeteria.
The keynote speaker for the event will be the Rev. Eugene Lumpkin, Jr., a native of Winnsboro and former resident of San Francisco, Calif. He is the son of the late Rev. and Mrs. Eugene (Julian Swayzer) Lumpkin Sr.
Rev. Lumpkin Jr., is a graduate of the Franklin Parish Training School and City College of San Francisco. He received his theological education at Fellowship Bible Institute and Simpson College, both in San Francisco, and American Baptist Seminary of the West in Berkeley, Calif.
Rev. Lumpkin served as the pastor of Grace Baptist Church from 1968-71 and served as assistant pastor of First Baptist Church from 1971-73, in San Francisco. He later returned to Louisiana and served as pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church of Rayville and First Zion Baptist Church of Winnsboro.
In 1973, Rev. Lumpkin returned to San Francisco and served as minister at Providence Baptist Church until 1980. At that time, he joined Ehenezer Baptist Church and served as the assistant pastor. After four years of faithful service, he was chosen to be pastor and served in that capacity for the next 24 years.
During his years in San Francisco, Rev. Lumpkin was very active in his church and community. He served as president of the Christian Fellowship District Association of San Francisco and the Bay area, first vice president and executive secretary of the Progressive Baptist Church State Convention of California and chairman of the Progressive National Convention under the leadership of Dr. Charles Adams, president, Dr. B.W. Smith and Dr. M.L. Jemison. He also served as secretary of the Baptist Ministers Conference and the Human Rights Commissioner of San Francisco.
Rev. Lumpkin has traveled to China and India to carry the gospel. He was featured in the December 2008 issue of Jet Magazine placing a wreath in memory of those killed in Jonestown. He also served as the secretary of the Jonestown Memorial Foundation.
Rev. Lumpkin is currently a resident of Winnsboro where he lives with his wife, Dorothy Jane Parker Swayzer Lumpkin.
In conjunction with the banquet, two outstanding students will be presented as Mr. and Miss Black Heritage. The organization will also recognize persons who have performed outstanding services in the community as "unsung heroes," with special recognition given to Winnsboro's mayor, the honorable Jack Hammons, and a special salute to the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama. There will also be a brief memorial for the deceased members.
The public is invited to attend. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased from members or Burnell Richardson at Richardson Funeral Home on Bosworth Street.