Thursday, November 24, 2016


2016 I AM MY BROTHER’S KEEPER Days of Empowerment,Thanksgiving Weekend 

City PRIDE will host the 2016 I AM MY BROTHER’S KEEPER Days of Empowerment this Thanksgiving Weekend at HMC-Hunt Memorial Cathedral of Faith.   Bishop Alfonso Madden is the Founder of the community foundation and scholarship program aimed to uplift youth and families who have or who are facing challenges due to violence, poverty and other deficiencies, especially boys ages 12-24 who need strong mentoring and support during their formative years. Scholarships are provided to assist this group in continuing their education and proceeds raised during this weekend series will benefit the scholarship fund. 

Jarret Purdue from Chicago, Illinois, a mentor and minister will be the speaker. Elder Perdue has served as a Regional Director and Chaplain for the International Pentecostal Young People’s Union (IPYPU) of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. (PAW).  He is a musician and has traveled outside the USA as a leader helping to motivate inspire young people to put their lives on a positive track. 

The goal is to bring positive discussion, action and solutions to help advance Dumas/Desha youth and young adults and families beyond some of the challenging concerns that have occurred during the past few years along with other matters that have been ongoing that require the power of God and power of “oneness” to bring about a change and betterment for all the people in Dumas and southeast, Arkansas.  “We want people who are hearing about Dumas to hear what’s good in Dumas and what’s in positive motion to help guide and further advance our community.  I’m prayerful that this series will be a key part which will broaden this discussion and hopefully better engage the local groups to come together while at the same time allow the community to see that other leaders and programs are teaming up along the way,” stated Rev, Arthur L. Hunt, Jr., D.D., earlier. 

The program begins on Friday night, November 25th at 7pm and on Saturday evening at 6pm and all church, youth, civic and community programs and leaders are invited to attend. Additional details can be found by calling 870.382.2007.  

Friday, November 18, 2016



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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

10th Annual “Thanks For Giving” Community Awards and Celebration Banquet

November 17th at Dumas Community Center

Keynote Speaker, Director Arnell Willis, Arkansas 
Department of Workforce Services

One week prior to Thanksgiving, on Thursday November 17th, the southeast Arkansas community of Dumas/Desha, Gould, Mitchellville, Winchester and other cities will come together to say, “thanks for giving” to the people, companies, ministries and agencies who have given of themselves and their resources- all year long. The event will take place at the Dumas Community Center and begin at 6pm and to benefit TCAA scholarships and rebuilding the West Dumas Community Family Life Center. 

Leaders from the faith, youth, business, government, creative and educational arenas are uniting to bring forth the 2016 City PRIDE “Thanks for Giving” Community Awards and Banquet. This is the 10th annual celebration and awards have been presented to over 50 individuals and organizations including; Hattie Watts, Dumas Clarion, J.C. Mays, Mayor James Berry, Pastor Jasper Jackson, Jr., Dr. Alice M. Hunt, and others who were honored for their service to Dumas and southeast Arkansas. The awards are always a surprise and aimed to inspire the recipients to continue their community service.

Headlining the event with a keynote address focused on uplifting families and communities through education and workforce will be Director Arnell Willis from the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services.   Willis was due in Dumas for the Town-Hall Forum last month but rescheduled due to flight delays and has reset his schedule to speak at the event.  Earlier, Willis had this to say regarding Dumas and the Delta— “My prepared remarks will focus on ADWS vision, mission and the implementation of WIOA, the federal legislation changing the landscape in how Workforce Development Professionals serve their customers.  This major law is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, technical assistance and support services to find job in labor market and match employers with skilled workers to help them compete in global economy.  I will also share my role as the Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Board.   In addition, I will share my story growing up in the delta heartland and how I broke barriers and overcame incredible odds.  Finally, I will share “Lessons Learned” from my mother and aunt who made indelible marks on my character and development. Other speakers and entertainment will be announced later. 

The program will include a feast of some of the best holiday foods catered by The Masters Table of Pine Bluff. Tickets are $20 and ‘Tables of Honor’ are available for companies, families, ministries, etc., who can be sponsors/partners who will join in on the ‘thanks for giving’ chant as presenting partners of this gala to the community. Tickets can be purchased at HMC-Hunt Memorial Cathedral of Faith and other locations  or by calling 870.382.7000