2006 Regular Session

To: Rules

By: Senator(s) Jackson (11th), Mettetal, Dearing, Dawkins, Carmichael, Michel, Frazier, Morgan, Thomas, Tollison, Butler, Wilemon, Kirby, Little, Jackson (32nd), Jordan, White, Brown, Burton, King, Horhn, Simmons, Thames, Walls

Senate Resolution 7

(As Adopted by Senate)


     WHEREAS, Marks, Mississippi, native Tommiea P. Jackson has been named one of Ebony's 2006 Young Leaders of the Future, a list of 30 leaders under 30 years of age; and

     WHEREAS, Tommiea Jackson, 28, is currently the Senior Information Officer of Public Relations for Jackson State University.  However, her roots are steeped in the Mississippi Delta, including a tenure as Staff Writer for the Clarksdale Press Register in 2002-2003; and

     WHEREAS, the February issue of Ebony identifies "talented, educated, young black men and women, who are soaring to tremendous heights and making accomplishments in the areas of law, politics, religion, communications, academia, music, arts and entertainment."  The magazine noted the 30 hand-picked young leaders had impressive credentials and "represent the enormous talent and promise of generations to come"; and

     WHEREAS, Jackson, one of two Mississippians chosen, has an impressive resumé as former President of the Theta Phi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and member of the National Association of Black Journalists; and

     WHEREAS, she also assisted in the successful bid of her uncle, Robert L. Jackson, to the Mississippi State Senate; and

     WHEREAS, a graduate of Rust College and the University of Mississippi, Jackson said she grew up with an inkling for journalism.  She said her current position at Jackson State was the biggest accomplishment of her career.  "It's an awesome responsibility to be responsible for making sure the world knows about the great things happening at Jackson State," she said; and

     WHEREAS, Tommiea said growing up in the Mississippi Delta taught her a lot of positive things that she will always keep with her.  "I like to be called 'country' because you feel very down-to-earth.  I have a very large family there and I really appreciate how real and honest they are.  They're very supportive and always keep me grounded"; and

     WHEREAS, it is with great pride that we recognize the accomplishments of this talented young adult and rising citizen, and we will follow her future contributions to her community and to the State of Mississippi:

     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, That we do hereby commend and congratulate Miss Tommiea P. Jackson, a native of Marks, Mississippi, upon her receipt of Ebony Magazine "2006 Young Leader of the Future" Award, and extend to her and her family the best wishes of the Senate in her future endeavors.

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That this resolution be presented to Tommiea Jackson and be made available to the Capitol Press Corps.