Symposium and Celebration to Honor Governor William F. Winter

In honor of Governor William F. Winter’s 90th birthday and his many years of public service, a symposium from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. will be held at the Old Capitol Museum on Tuesday, February 19. William Winter’s public career has spanned more than sixty-five years. He has served Mississippi as state representative (1948–1956), state tax collector (1956–1964), state treasurer (1964–1968), lieutenant governor (1972–1976), and governor (1980–1984).

Governor William F. Winter will celebrate his 90th birthday with a symposium from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Old Capitol Museum on Tuesday, February 19. Summer Youth Institute class of 2010 poses with former governor William F. Winter. Photo courtesy of William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation.

Photo courtesy of William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation.

Winter was a longtime member of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History board of trustees and a key figure in the founding of the Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation at the University of Mississippi. He continues to work as special counsel with Jones Walker LLP in Jackson.

“In public service to both Mississippi and the nation, William F. Winter has shown us how to pursue a just and prosperous future in an honorable way – a way that has required energy and courage and perseverance,” said Randall B. Wall, Special Counsel with Jones Walker. “His vision is based on a respect for and faith in his fellow citizens when given opportunity.  This event is an opportunity for us to express our respect and thanks to this remarkable person.”

Former Clarion Ledger editor Charles Overby will moderate the panel discussion The Future of Mississippi and the South. Panelist will include Jim Barksdale, chairman of the board of Barksdale Management Corporation; Beverly Wade Hogan, Tougaloo College president; and Jesse White, former Mississippi state senator and director of the Office of Economic and Business Development at the University of North Carolina.

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