NAACP Wilmer McDaniel Award goes to Mississippi Power

NAACP Wilmer McDaniel Award goes to Mississippi Power

From left, Community Development Representative Frank Magee with the Charlie Clay Sr. Award; James Crowell, III, NAACP Biloxi chapter president; Plant Daniel Materials Team Leader Gary Gray; and Biloxi Customer Service Representative Abra Taylor with the NAACP Wilmer McDaniel Corporate Partner Award.

Mississippi Power was honored with the Wilmer McDaniel Corporate Partner Award by the NAACP Biloxi chapter for the second consecutive year at the organization’s recent Freedom Fund Banquet.

The annual recognition goes to the business or corporation “doing the most to uplift the community” and for their leadership and positive impact in South Mississippi.

“We thank Mississippi Power for its extraordinary commitment to community service,” said James Crowell III, NAACP Biloxi chapter president. “The company’s involvement in workforce training programs, mentoring and volunteering efforts, and its support in converting existing street lights to LEDs in high crime areas shows an ongoing commitment to providing civic support and donating time and resources for the betterment of our community.”

The award is named after the late Wilmer McDaniel, a Biloxi funeral home owner who was one of the civil rights pioneers who took part in the Biloxi wade-in demonstrations during the late 1950’s and 1960’s.

Gary Gray, materials team leader at Plant Daniel, and Abra Taylor, customer service representative, Biloxi Customer Service office accepted the award on behalf of Mississippi Power.

“It was an honor to accept this award with Gary on behalf of our company,” said Taylor, who leads the non-profit organization that mentors young men ages 13-18 called The League of Distinguished Gentlemen. “Being part of the community is what we’re about.”

In addition to the company receiving the Wilmer McDaniel Award, Community Development Representative Frank Magee earned the Charlie Clay Sr. Community Service Award for making a positive impact in the community.

Among other activities, Magee served as program director for the company’s annual Heritage Awards, helped coordinate the company’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events and worked with the NAACP Biloxi chapter to target income-qualified areas for the company’s Neighborhood Efficiency Program.

“It was an excellent evening for the company at the Freedom Fund banquet,” Magee said. “This is where we live and work, and it’s important for us to support our local community. We have an enduring partnership with the Biloxi NAACP branch and continue to work with them to help our communities thrive and be more successful.”

More than 400 attended the event, which was held at the IP Casino Resort in Biloxi.

Mississippi Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), produces safe, reliable and environmentally responsible energy for nearly 187,000 customers in 23 southeast Mississippi counties. Mississippi Power ranked first in the Southeast Electric Exchange’s 2016 Safety Performance Reports and is consistently recognized as an industry leader in reliability, customer service and safety. Visit our websites at and, like us on Facebook, and follow us on TwitterLinkedInGoogle+ and YouTube.