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|Black Heritage Banquet Feb. 29 at high school|
The 20th annual Black Heritage Banquet will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 29, in the Franklin Parish High School cafeteria.
The keynote speaker for the event will be Rev. Dr. Frederick Dawone Jones, a native of Winnsboro and the son of Beatrice Winters Jones and the late Mose Jones.
Jones is a 1978 graduate of Winnsboro High School (presently Franklin Parish High School). He earned a bachelor of liberal arts degree in pre-law from Northeast Louisiana University (now the University of Louisiana at Monroe) in 1983. In 1991 he enrolled in law school at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge and earned his juris doctorate degree in 1994.
Jones was called to the ministry in 1983, becoming licensed and ordained by Jerri Melilli, M.D. at Christian Life Fellowship in Baton Rouge. He is presently a member of the church of The Apostles in Atlanta, Georgia.
Jones funded The Advocates of Christ Incorporation of Baton Rouge and is presently the executive director of the organization in Marietta, Georgia. This ministry is dedicated to promoting the practice of integrity and character with spiritual excellence in the legal and business professions. He is also the founder of Fred Jones and Associates, LLP, a law firm focused on representing churches, ministries and community service entities. Jones is the president and chief executive officer of Father's Voice Publishing, LLC, a company dedicated to promoting community service and the legacy of his father, Mose Jones.
Jones has authored and published several books as well. Among the titles, "About My Father's Business," "Business Law Handbook" and "All Rise" — a conversation with Judge Barbara H. Cadwell.
Currently, Jones is a business law and ethics professor at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia, a practicing attorney and a Christian author. He is a member of the Louisiana State Bar and a member of the American Business Leaders Association.
Jones is married to Rose Cousin Jones and has two sons, Frederick Jones, Jr. and Jonathan Jones.
In conjunction with the banquet, two outstanding students will be presented as Miss and Mr. Black Heritage. These students are selected based on grade point average (3.0 or higher), leadership ability, character, church and community activities, and must be college bound. Upon entering the colleges of their choice, each will receive an assistance scholarship.
Three "Unsung Heroes" will also be recognized and a special presentation will be made.
Tickets may be purchased from members of the Black Heritage Organization or at Richardson's Funeral Home from Burnell Richardson. Adult tickets are $7 and children (up to age 17) are $5 each.
For further information, please contact Mabel Lawrence Thomas, president of the organization, at 435-5023.
The public is invited to attend.