Mayor's Annual Prayer Breakfast
Mayor's Annual Prayer Breakfast will be held this year on May 5, 2011 at the Lake Terrace Convention Center.
Please join the Mayor to begin the day with a program of scripture, song and prayer, celebrating the National Day of Prayer. Secretary Mike Espy will deliver the keynote speech.
Date: May 5, 2011
Time: 6:30 am
Location: Lake Terrace Convention Center
Cost: $30 per seat or $240 table of 8
For information on reservations please Contact Kathleen Hartfield at 601-545-4501 or email
About the Keynote Speaker
MIKE ESPY (Alphonso Michael Espy) is the former Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture, and a former U.S. Representative from the 2nd District of Mississippi. He currently works as a private sector attorney, counselor, and agricultural advisor, having his own law and consulting firms: Mike Espy, PLLC, and AE Agritrade, Inc.
As the 25th Secretary of Agriculture, Mike is credited with reorganizing the $65 billion agency, negotiating multilateral treaties for the trade of American agricultural commodities, and instituting reforms in the national food inspection system to eradicate food borne illnesses. He also brought new emphasis to the important nutrition and anti-hunger programs at the USDA, and distinguished himself as an expert in rural business, economic development, and infrastructure policy.
Prior to his appointment as USDA Secretary, Mike Espy served for seven years as a Member of Congress, becoming the first African-American Member of that body from the State of Mississippi since the Reconstruction-era. While there, he served his bi-racial district as a member of the Budget and Agriculture Committees.
Mike Espy also authored a bill that was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan, called "The Lower Mississippi Delta Development Act." This law serves today as a precursor for a multitude of federal grants focusing upon the improvement of economic life within the Mississippi Delta. While in Congress, he also served as national Vice-Chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council and as a member of the Democratic Caucus’ whips organization.
Before his election to Congress in 1996, Mike worked as a trial lawyer and served as Assistant Attorney General and Director of the Mississippi Office of Consumer Protection. In 1980, he was appointed as an Assistant Secretary of State and served as Director of the Office of Public Lands.
Mike Espy was born on November 30, 1953 in Yazoo City, Mississippi to Jean and Henry Espy, who owned a chain of funeral homes throughout the state. He is also the grandson of T.J. Huddleston, Sr., who is famous for having built the first black hospital in the State of Mississippi, and who is also proudly remembered as the founder of the Afro-American Sons and Daughters Grand Lodge.
In 1975, Mike received his BA degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and went on to receive his law degree from the University of Santa Clara at Santa Clara, California in 1978. Mr. Espy holds numerous honorary degrees, citations, and awards.
Secretary Espy is a member of the Mississippi, Magnolia and American Bar Associations. He has served as
Chairman of the Board of Directors of Toxin Alert, Inc., a Toronto based, publicly traded biotechnology company. He is also a board member of the Farm Foundation, Inc., a national agricultural "think tank”, and serves as an advisor to a regional venture capital fund.
He is also associated with numerous community, fraternal, charitable and economic development groups such as the Enterprise Corporation of the Delta (ECD), the Afro-American Sons and Daughters Hospital Foundation, the Hope Community Credit Union, the Masons, 100 Black Men of Jackson, Inc., and Feed the Children International Ministries. He is also a member of the New Hope Baptist Church in Jackson, Mississippi.
Mike Espy is married to the former Portia Denise Ballard of Franklington, Louisiana, and is the father of three children: Jamilla Morgan, Michael William, and Ian Michael Espy. During his spare time, he reads books, rides horses, and practices martial arts, as he holds a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwan Do.