Mission Meridian will present a Unity Luncheon on Thursday at NorthPark Church, 7770 Highway 39 North, in an effort to better foster racial relations.

Meridian City Councilman John C. Harris, who represents Ward 5, and is executive director of Mission Meridian, said the luncheon is scheduled to give the community an opportunity to come together.

The guest speaker for the program will be Veldore Young, assistant district attorney of Lauderdale County.

"With things going on, as far as city and county, business and church communities, we have to unify on all fronts to make progress," Harris said. "Once we all come to the conclusion it takes everybody coming together to make things happen, with a unified front we can tackle any issue that may arise."

Tuesday is the deadline to make reservations for the luncheon by calling (601) 693-1332.

Several individuals and organizations will be recognized during the luncheon that will focus on the theme of unity in the community, including: The Rev. Charles Johnson, pastor of Fitkins Memorial Church of the the Nazarene; the Rev. Earl Wheatly, pastor of NorthPark Church; Cheri Barry, executive director of the Key Chapter of the American Red Cross; Mary Maranto, a winner of the Dr. Martin L. King Essay Contest sponsored by Meridian Community College; and Central United Methodist Church for its efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.



WANT TO GO?

Mission Meridian's Unity Luncheon will be held Thursday from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., in the Family Life Center at NorthPark Church, 7770 Highway 39 North. Tickets are: $20, individual; $150, table sponsorships for eight.

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