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Dr. James L. Netters Will Receive Authur S. Holmon Award Jan. 31

For release: January 17, 2014
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843

Dr. James L. Netters
Dr. James L. Netters

The University of Memphis will present the Authur S. Holmon Lifetime Achievement Award to pastor and civil rights advocate Dr. James L. Netters during the opening reception for Black History Month. The event will be held Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. in the Michael D. Rose Theatre on the U of M campus. Sponsored by the Black Student Association and the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the event is free and open to the public.

A graduate of LeMoyne-Owen College and Memphis Theological Seminary, Netters became pastor of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in 1956. He is the longest-serving pastor of a church in Memphis. Netters participated in the 1963 march on Washington, D.C., and was on the stage when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made his “I Have a Dream” speech. In 1967, he became one of the first three African-Americans to serve on the Memphis City Council in the 20th century. During that term, Netters worked tirelessly to forge an agreement to end the sanitation workers’ strike. After serving one term, he was appointed administrative assistant to Mayor Wyeth Chandler and head of the Community Relations Commission. Netters also has served as chair of the Memphis Light, Gas & Water Board of Commissioners and a member of the Regional Medical Center Advisory Board.

He is one of seven civil rights pioneers who will be presented with the Be the Dream MLK Legacy Award by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton on Jan. 20.

For more information on the event, contact Linda Hall in the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 678-2054.

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