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Mission Mississippi Breakfast Promotes Racial Reconciliation

April 8, 2008

Leaders at two Jackson area colleges will join forces at a Mission Mississippi breakfast designed to promote racial reconciliation in the state's faith community.

Mississippi College President Lee Royce and Tougaloo College President Beverly Hogan will serve as co-chairs of the organization's Mississippi Mayors Prayer Breakfast in downtown Jackson May 2. The Friday event begins at 7:15 a.m. at the Mississippi Telcom Center on Pascagoula Street.

Celebrating its 15th anniversary, Mission Mississippi is a statewide ministry that seeks to demonstrate unity in the body of Christ across racial and denominational lines so communities can better understand the gospel message. The group is led by Dolphus Weary.

At a staff meeting Tuesday at Provine Chapel on the Clinton campus, Royce encouraged MC employees to attend the event and be part of an organization that "embraces the spirit of reconciliation."

Next month's breakfast will feature singers from the Jackson area. What began as a breakfast involving the mayor in Mississippi's capital city spread a year ago to mayors on a statewide basis.

Royce is in his sixth year as head of a Baptist-affiliated university with 4,600 students. Hogan is the leader of historically black Tougaloo College with nearly 1,000 students. They will work together as prayer breakfast co-chairs for two years, the MC leader said.

Mission Mississippi is reaching out to all Mississippians in the faith community, whether white, African-American, Hispanics and others, Royce said.

The keynote speaker at next month's prayer breakfast is Jackson businessman Dan Hall, a Mission Mississippi executive team member. Hall is vice president of InvestLinc Securities.

Tickets for individual tickets are $15. Other sponsorship levels include $250 for churches, $350 for silver, $500 for gold and $1,000 for platinum sponsorships. Several hundred guests attended last year's event. Co-chairs for the Mayors Prayer Breakfast in 2007 were Belhaven College President Roger Parrott and Mississippi Supreme Court Justice James Graves. For more details call 601-353-6477.