'Proud to Call Mississippi Home' sequel in progress

By Errol Castens/NEMS Daily Journal Oxford Bureau

The second edition of “Proud to Call Mississippi Home” will be published in early 2012.
The book’s first edition, published in 2006, sold some 14,000 copies and drew critical acclaim for reinforcing the collective pride of Mississippi and its citizens.
This coffee table-style book, like its predecessor, will tell inspirational stories of world-famous Mississippians as well as the not-so-famous who have brought great pride to the state.
As in the first edition, the Mississippi PRIDE Committee – a statewide group of business and civic leaders – will invite suggestions for profiles to be added to the new edition. State Sen. Tommy Gollott of Biloxi will serve as chair of the Mississippi PRIDE Committee with Mississippi native and Emmy-Award-winning actress Sela Ward as honorary chair.
In addition to helping select the individuals to be profiled, the pride committee will help promote book sales and sponsor profiles to benefit Hope Village in Meridian, a refuge Ward founded in Meridian for abused, neglected and abandoned children.
Academy Award-winning actor and Clarksdale resident Morgan Freeman authored the title essay for the book.
“I am glad to help tell the story of our home state in this outstanding book and welcome the opportunity to help my friend Sela Ward’s effort to help abused, neglected and abandoned children,” Morgan Freeman said.
PRIDE Publishing Group in Ocean Springs will republish the book, and Michael Harrelson, an award-winning journalist and copywriter from Oxford, has been named as editor of the forthcoming second edition.
“It is an honor for me to be a part of this exceptional publication,” Harrelson said.
“I am excited to be working with the Mississippi PRIDE Committee to tell the many outstanding stories of Mississippians who call our wonderful state home.”