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Rev. CJ Rhodes Gives Kickoff Keynote for Black History Month


A graduate of the University of Mississippi and Duke Divinity School, CJ is one of this nation’s emerging leaders

On Tuesday, Febuary 5, Rev. C. Edward “CJ” Rhodes II will present the keynote address at the Black History Month Kickoff event.  The UM Gospel Choir will perform for the kickoff at noon at the Student Union Lobby. The son of  famed civil rights attorney Carroll Rhodes Sr.,  he is the  youngest pastor  of Mount  Helm  Baptist Church,  the  capital city’s oldest historically black congregation.

Prior to graduating from the University of Mississippi with a B.A. in philosophy, Rhodes worked closely with the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation. He continued his education at Duke Divinity School, where he served as vice president of the Black Seminarians Union in Raleigh, N.C.

Now ordained, Rhodes serves on the boards of the Urban League of Greater Jackson, Center for Ministry and Mississippi Religious Leadership Conference, and is former president of the Farish Street/Main Street Project. The recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, he also serves as host of “The CJ Rhodes Show” on WRBJ 97.7 FM and is the author of Thy Kingdom Come: Reflections on Pastoral and Prophetic Ministry.

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