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Wednesday, May 2, 2007

FTP's Chief of Staff Honored for Community Programs

Two Community-based programs hosted by a Mississippi artist receive recognition


Medgar Evers Library

Laura Turner, Librarian

Richard Wright Library
Ms. Debra Gilbert, Librarian

On Friday, April 27, 2007 two projects hosted by libraries in the Jackson-Hinds Library system were recognized as being Outstanding Programs--- and both were led by Mississippi media personality Cyrus Webb.

"I was so excited about the honor," says Webb, 31. He didn't find out about the recognition until he visited the Medgar Evers Library on Wednesday, May 2, 2007 and saw the trophy.

The Medgar Evers Library received one for hosting the Conversations Book Club, and the Richard Wright Library recieved recognition for their Teen Time program.

"It makes me feel good that the library system recognizes the success of both projects," Webb continued. Webb (who is known to many as C. A. Webb) has been active in the arts for over a decade, however, it was just three years ago that he went full-time with his endeavors. He began hosting the Teen Time hour with teens at the Richard Wright Library a year ago on for one hour on Fridays. The Conversations Book Club, which he founded in November 2006, began to meet in December 2006 at the Medgar Evers Library.

"I was glad that we could partner with Webb on his mission to encourage reading," says Medgar Evers Librarian Ms. Laura Turner. "It is encouraging to see someone take up the cause of reading and share it with others."

Since 2000, Webb has been concentrating on his Conversations Brand, building a radio show, television program, magazine, newspaper column and book club all with the same name. The purpose of the Conversations family is to encourage an interest in the arts as well as an appreciation for the written and spoken word.

Later this year Webb along with others will host national bestselling authors Relentless Aaron, Travis Hunter, K. Elliott, Danyelle Santiago, Jihad, Francis Ray, Clarence Nero and others.

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