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11th Annual Jewel Awards Banquet
New St. Luke Church Activity Center
Jackson, TN
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Thank you for supporting the 2012 JEWEL Awards honoring African American business owners in West Tennessee, including Madison and eight other surrounding counties.


11th Annual Jewel Awards Banquet
The 11th Annual  Jewel Awards hosted by the Jackson Madison County African American Chamber of Commerce (JMCAACC) will feature entertainment by Stax Music Academy, with music director Paul McKinney, on Friday, February 24, 2012, 6:30 p.m. at New St. Luke Church Activity Center in Jackson.   The Stax Music Academy is a program of the Soulsville Foundation in Memphis where Grammy Award-winning artist Kirk Whalum is CEO.   Founded in 2000, the academy is a unique learning center that inspires young people and enhances their academic, cognitive, performance, and leadership skills by utilizing music with a strong focus on the rich legacy and tradition of Stax Records.

Sponsored by AT&T, Manufacturers Industrial Group (MIG), City of Jackson, West Tennessee Healthcare, Jackson Energy Authority,  96KIX-FM,  and WOJG-FM, the African American Chamber's annual Black History Month banquet honors outstanding African American small business owners selected from nominations and applications received and raises funds for the JMCAACC Follow Me Into Business youth development program.  Jewel Award nominations are being accepted in four categories through January 24th.  Nomination forms are available from the African American Chamber office and online at

This will be the first time that Stax Music Academy has performed in Jackson.    "A large part of what we offer our young people is unique performance opportunities," said Whalum. "We have performed in Washington, D.C, New York City, Italy, Australia, and other locations. We are always excited to perform locally and regionally as well, so we are excited about our upcoming concert in Jackson." As CEO of the Soulsville Foundation, he also oversees the  Stax Museum of American Soul Music and the Soulsville Charter School, all located at the original site of Stax Records, 926 E. McLemore in Memphis.

Past entertainment for the Annual Jewel Awards has included Deborah Manning Thomas, the Fisk Jubilee Singers, the Princely Players and the Lane College Choir.  

Event tickets are on sale at the following locations in Jackson, Bolivar, Brownsville and Humboldt.  
Jackson:  It's Printed, 357 N. Royal, 731-422-3342; J & J Sports Lounge & Wings, 1410 E. Chester  731-935-2105; Looking Good  Stylz, 77 Carriage House Drive, Ste. C  731-668-6900
Bolivar:  Hair Expressions, 565 N. Main - 731-658-4305; Opal's Pink House Restaurant, 213 S. Main  731-658-9500
Brownsville:  Golden Circle Life Insurance Company, 39 S. Jackson  731-772-9932
Humboldt: Baskerville Funeral Home, 802 N. 9th Ave.  731-784-9994

For more information, call the Jackson Madison County African American Chamber at 731-424-2030.



New St. Luke Church Activity Center (View)
1670 North Royal Street
Jackson, TN 38301
United States

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Music > R&B
Other > Family-Friendly

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