The public is invited to share in a Black Heritage observation that will spotlight local Black Achievers and Black book authors. This program will unfold Saturday, Feb. 18 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Natchitoches Arts Center on Second Street.
Honorees will be named at that time and presentations will be made to each of them. The featured speaker will be the Honorable Theron Jackson of Shreveport and the special guest soloists will be Minister Gilda Jonson and Ronald Steve Presley. The guest keyboardist will be the Rev. John Williams of Evergreen Baptist Church in St. Maurice.
The Rev. Brad Holden, also of the Evergreen Baptist Church where the Rev. Dr. Elbert Demery Jr. is Pastor, will serve as the Master of Ceremony.
There will be no cost of admission at this event where a light brunch will be served.
Rev. Theron Jackson is a native of Lake Charles and is the Pastor of Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, Shreveport. He is currently serving as Vice Moderator at large of the 13th District Baptist Association and Northwest Regional Vice President of Louisiana Missionary Baptist State Convention. He is also the President of The Baptist Minister’s Fellowship of Shreveport, Bossier City, and vicinity.
In 1998 at age 29, Rev. Jackson made an impressive run for the office of Mayor in the city of Shreveport, capturing nearly 20 percent of the vote as a political newcomer. In November of 1998, he was recognized by Ebony magazine as one of the nation’s top 30 leaders under 30. On October 5, 2002 he was elected to the Shreveport City Council as the Representative for District “G”. As councilman, Jackson created the City of Shreveport’s Youth City Council and in the summer of 2006 he created 100 jobs for young people in the city of Shreveport. Rev. Jackson has completed a term as a member of the board of directors of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials.
He is married to Rhonda Williams and they have two children, Christian and Camryn. Rev. Jackson has been the featured speaker for churches, graduations, corporate meetings, and government agency meetings, law enforcement training conferences, women’s conferences, college and university events, and military base events.
Rev. Jackson has served as President of the Shreveport Minority Business Council, Pole march of the Bossier City chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, Inc., Vice President and coach with the West-Shreveport Little League. He has served as Junior Achievement consultant at several area elementary and middle schools. He has also served as cub master and scoutmaster in an effort to promote and sustain urban scouting. Rev. Jackson is a graduate of both Leadership Shreveport-Bossier and Leadership Louisiana. He is a former board member of the boards: Sci-Port Discovery Center and the Caddo Council On Aging.