Nominations Now Being Accepted For Mississippi’s Most Influential African-American Leaders

Our Mississippi magazine publisher Wesley Wells has announced that nominations are being accepted for the selection of Mississippi’s 25 most influential African-American leaders, who will be recognized at a special awards ceremony and reception on Friday, August 23, 2019, at the Hilton Jackson in Jackson, Miss.

“There’s been a lot of anticipation regarding this announcement with the success we had with the event last year,” Wells said. “There are so many African Americans that make great contributions to the growth and development of this great state on a daily basis. We want to continue to recognize their efforts and significance of their contributions.”

Selection will be made in the areas of business, education, servant leadership to include government, military and civic service, entrepreneurs, religious/spiritual and the professions.

“We want to keep our categories broad so as not to leave out anyone or discourage anyone from making a nomination. But we’re definitely looking for nominees that have made and are still making an impact; people that have paved more of a humanitarian road for Mississippians through their own successes.” Wells added.

Wells said the nomination process is simple. By letter, email or web, the person nominating needs to outline why they think the nominee deserves such recognition. The nominees are limited to those persons currently alive. Nominations can be emailed to or by mail to NOMINATIONS, OUR MISSISSIPPI MAGAZINE, P.O. BOX 1388, TUPELO, MS 38802.

Nominations can also be downloaded or filled out at Deadline for nomination is June 1, 2019.

A selection committee made up of qualified individuals with diverse business and community backgrounds will make the final selection from the nominees.

“There’s still a lot of excitement and anticipation regarding this event,” Wells said. “We had a sellout crowd of over 400 people last year. We’re really looking forward to identifying and having the most prominent people in the state under one roof for a common goal.”

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