To headline honors gala
Famed actor John Amos has been confirmed as the guest speaker for the 2017 ourMississippi Honors Gala to be held Saturday, March 25, 2017 in Tupelo, Mississippi. The event, which kicks off at 6 p.m. at the BancorpSouth Conference Center, is a gala that recognizes Mississippi corporations for their diversity practices.
“We are honored that Mr. Amos will be joining us,” said event chair Wesley Wells. “I am such a fan of his. He has a long history of great work and we’re very excited and thankful that he has agreed to be a part of our event. I am so looking forward to seeing him in person.”
Mr. Amos has a distinguished history with numerous television and movie roles. He is probably most known for his role in the TV series “Good Times”, which aired in 1974. The show was a popular family sitcom that took place in a Chicago ghetto high-rise.
“Many of us grew up watching Good Times,” Wells said. “That showed molded a lot of us into what we are today. It had a cross-over audience and was very popular. I remember so many were sad when he left the show.”
Amos is also known for his Emmy-nominated role of the adult Kunte Kinte in the ground-breaking epic mini-series Roots (1977), which was one of the most powerful and reverential TV features to ever hit television. Amos enjoyed success in other movie roles, which included The Beastmaster (1982) and Coming to America (1988). In recent years, Amos has enjoyed recurring parts on “The West Wing” and “The District”.
Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients
Dr. Robert Khayat and Dr. Beverly Wade Hogan have been selected to receive the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Awards. Khayat is a former Chancellor of the University of Mississippi and Hogan is the current President of Tougaloo College in Jackson.
“We are honored to recognize these two individuals that have meant so much to the State of Mississippi,” Wells said. “They have given so much of themselves, and continue to do so, to help the people of Mississippi. We congratulate them and look forward to recognizing their achievements.”
Corporations to be honored for diversity practices
Twelve Mississippi corporations will be honored for their diversity and inclusion practices said Wells.
“That’s what the evening is all about, paying homage to these businesses that take diversity seriously,” Wells said. “We’re looking forward to recognizing the work they do. Diversity is great for them, great for our state, and great for our country. Those companies that encourage that are the ones that you see thriving.”
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