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UM journalism alumna to be awarded at Mississippi Honors Gala

Posted on: April 20th, 2022 by ldrucker

Event is billed as state’s largest celebration of diversity and inclusion in the workplace

A University of Mississippi journalism alumna will be awarded along with three other people at the eighth annual Our Mississippi Honors Gala in Tupelo.

Rose Flenorl, manager of global citizenship at FedEx Corporation and a UM journalism graduate, will receive the Legendary Achievement Award.

Our Mississippi Magazine Publisher Wesley Wells has announced that four individuals will be honored at the event scheduled for  6 p.m. Saturday, June 4. The gala recognizes Mississippi corporations for their diversity and inclusion practices, and notable Mississippians for their accomplishments.

Rose Flenorl stands in front of a white house. She will be honored during the awards gala.

Rose Flenorl stands in front of a white house. She will be honored during the Our Mississippi Honors gala.

“We are extremely excited to pay homage to these individuals,’’ Wells said. “What a great group of honorees. These individuals have been superstars for our community and for the state of Mississippi. We’re looking forward to having everyone come out and join us as we celebrate the importance of diversity and inclusion and the work of these individuals.”

The other recipients include:

  • Civil rights attorney and activist Victor McTeer has been selected as the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.
  • Camille Scales Young, principal and director of Cornerstone Government Affairs, will be honored as Businesswoman of the Year.
  • Jabari Edwards, CEO of J5GBL, will be recognized as Businessman of the Year.

Actor/activist Lamman Rucker, who is best known for his roles in Tyler Perry’s films, will be the guest speaker.

“We are so excited to have Mr. Rucker come to Tupelo,” Wells said. “I’ve always been such a big fan of his work. He’s still very active on and off the big screen. We’re looking forward to having him celebrate with us.”

On Friday, June 3, there will also be a women’s empowerment conference at the same location at 11 a.m. Details are being finalized and will be announced in the coming days.

“We’ve got some great speakers and a powerful women’s summit lined up,” Wells said. “It’ll be something to empower women and help them on their journey to success.”

Tickets and tables can be purchased and reserved online at or by calling 662-871-8244.