By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Local radio personality Harold Turrentine and his Peculiar Ministries organization is hosting an event on Monday night designed to reach out to young men.
The “Real Men Need a Daddy Too” event will be held between 7 and 10 p.m. at the Civic Auditorium on the Tupelo Middle School campus. It will feature several local speakers, including Mayor Jack Reed Jr., Tupelo Police Maj. Anthony Hill, City Council representative Willie Jennings, Boys amp& Girls Club head Zell Long, Justice Court Judge Rickey Thompson and Hudson Management Corporation President Rob Hudson, among others.
Marvin Sapp of Lighthouse Full Life Center Church in Grand Rapids, Mich., will make the keynote address. Musical guests include gospel singers Evelyn Turrentine-Agee, Harold T amp& Peculiar and Determined.
The event will be open to the public and is geared specifically toward men. The message of “Real Men Need A Daddy” is that men of all ages need a male support figure, Turrentine said.
This event also will place particular emphasis on young men. Speakers will address such issues as male mentors, employment, school, sports and the church and community working together.
“There are so many issues in the community right now concerning the ordinance of sagging pants, crime, the increase in thefts and drugs, violence and groups fighting over different territories,” Turrentine said.
“We are really trying to reach the young men and help them understand they have the ability to make change for the positive. Let’s save our young men while we can.”