Twenty years ago, with great anticipation and as president of the Black Student Association at Rhodes College, I hosted Judge Joe Brown as a speaker at one of our signature campus events.
Now, as president and publisher of The New Tri-State Defender, I've invited an equally dynamic and more seasoned Judge Joe Brown to deliver what I am confident will be an inspiring message of challenge to our 2013 Men of Excellence. I am elated that he has accepted the invitation.
I know that Judge Brown truly understands my vision to mobilize and put into action the collective talent represented in this year's Men of Excellence class. He knows the value of meshing that talent with the immense wealth of talent represented by the distinguished body of four previous years of inductees.
As a judge, he has a unique understanding and perspective on the community's need for African-American men to work – both individually and collectively – to affect positive change economically, educationally and socially, particularly for future generations. I look forward to "The Judge" bringing it in a way that only he can.
If you can be there on Nov. 23rd at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn, I suggest you get your tickets now because you don't want to miss it.
For more information, call the TSD office at 901-523-1818; or call Nina Allen-Johnson at 901-679-8545.