Banquet recognizes community leaders


The Madison County Juneteenth Organization recognized past and present leaders in the community at its annual banquet on Saturday.

The organization raises funds for scholarships in conjunction with the banquet, which was held at the Madison County Juneteenth facility.

“It is important that we honor those that have gone before us, and also make sure the young people know our history,” MCJO President Etta Spivey told the assembled group.

Following prayer and dinner, attendees viewed a slideshow of photos and biographies of key people who have served in Madison County over the years.

Of those people, three received special recognition for their service: Gladys Ray, who was highlighted by longtime Madisonville CISD school administrator Prince Fite, who was also an honoree; and Ethel Burns, who gave a heartfelt memoir of Warren G. Brown.

Lastly, Spivey recognized the late S.A. McAdams.

In addition to awarding a scholarship, MCJO is passionate about helping provide educational and recreational opportunities to the community. This past summer, Spivey and Dr. Latreace Craig partnered to host a free summer enrichment camp for youth grades 1 through 5.

MCJO is also currently offering Spanish lessons to students, grades 8 through 12.

“(We’re) just trying to get more community involvement and focus on the youth,” Spivey, who along with Fite, implored attendees to consider joining the organization and becoming more involved. “Through education enrichment, we can train them to be leaders in the community.”