Mississippi Power employees recently served in a variety of roles at events around the Meridian area in celebration of Black History Month.
In DeKalb, the Head Start Center held its Black History Program and included representatives from the community to participate. Annie McMillan, Mississippi Power’s Meridian Division External Affairs manager, served as featured speaker for the event while Robert Bohannon, Kemper County energy facility Human Resources staff member, served as emcee for the program.
“The theme from everyone involved was the possibility of dreaming and what can be achieved if we all dream,” McMillan said. “Groups of young people presented their black history characters with enthusiasm and passion, while tributes to Kemper County leaders aligned the Head Start Center’s walls as a reflection of the shoulders we now stand on.”
In Meridian, the Community Connection chapter worked to refurbish areas in and around Freedom Park. Along with volunteers from the city of Meridian and the Meridian Minority Business Alliance, workers removed debris, trimmed shrubs and assisted with planting bulbs and spreading landscape mulch.
“It’s always rewarding to give back to the communities we serve,” said Eddie Kelly, Meridian Division manager. “Partnering with the city and other civic-minded organizations helps our communities thrive and be more successful. Freedom Park is adjacent to the 10-block urban center, which includes nearly 100 buildings that thrived at the turn of the 20th century. Those buildings that are still standing are registered with the historical society.”
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