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The Two Rivers Gala | Tougaloo Honors® is aligned with other major celebrations of the College’s eighteen month-long series marking the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement. These events not only pay homage to the history of the Movement, they also serve to tell the story of Tougaloo College’s role as “the cradle of the Civil Rights Movement.” The Two Rivers Gala | Tougaloo Honors® will be held at the Jackson Convention Complex followed closely by the Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th celebration on the Tougaloo College campus during the month of June.

The origin of the name Two Rivers is an interpretation of the Choctaw word, Tougaloo, which means “the convergence of two streams.” The imagery of the twin streams flows throughout Tougaloo’s history and has forged a rich tradition in the outward practices of the College. Anyone who has attended a Tougaloo College commencement exercise will recognize the two streams in the academic procession, which represent the learned (faculty and administration) merging with those who seek knowledge (students).

And this year, The Two Rivers Gala® | Tougaloo Honors® celebrates the contributions of ordinary people who made extraordinary contributions to the struggle for equal opportunities. The Gala will also serve to illuminate the promise of leadership and democracy fostered by our future. The honorees personify service to civil and human rights and their contributions have triggered transcending impacts on our nation’s history.

Two Rivers Gala | Tougaloo Honors® will be the perfect preamble to our Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th celebration. Both events are as much about the future as they are about the past, about honoring the contributions of a few that had such significant impacts on many. As we continue to educate for democracy at Tougaloo College, we highlight the examples set by their works as paradigms for our young leaders to emulate.

Honorary Co-Chairs

Colin and Alma Powell
Vernon and Ann Jordan
James and Donna Barksdale

Tougaloo Honors® Light of Justice Award® Honorees

Charles A. Baldwin II (Posthumously)

An outspoken advocate for equal rights, Reverend Baldwin was instrumental in the development of the Brown-Tougaloo Partnership in 1964. He served Brown University as chaplain from 1958 until 1990 and also served Tougaloo College as Acting President (1987-1998).

Ruth M. Batson (Posthumously)

One of Boston’s best-known education and civil rights activists, Batson was the first black woman on the Democratic National Committee and the first woman elected president of the NAACP’s New England Regional Conference. In 1969, she founded the Ruth M. Batson Educational Foundation, which has awarded more than 1.2 million since its inception.

Isaac K. Byrd, Esq.

Legal, civic and political activist, Attorney Byrd is perhaps best known as co-counsel in the landmark Ayers case that, ultimately, won equal funding for African American and white state universities in Mississippi. At Tougaloo College, we know him best as a devoted member of the Board of Trustees for over two decades.

Timothy L. and Daphne Maxwell Reid

Actors, entrepreneurs, humanitarians and philanthropists, the Reids have not only been role models for young African American actors and entrepreneurs, but also have devoted much of their time to projects focused on giving back to their community.

LeRoy G. Walker, Jr.

Business leader, philanthropist and beloved former Chairman of the Tougaloo College Board of Trustees, Walker has been a trailblazer both as an African American businessman in the Deep South and as a valued community servant.

Sponsorship Levels

  • Lead Gala Sponsor $100,000
    • Invitation to Pre-Gala Reception
    • Two (2) Premier Tables (20 seats) in Chairman’s Circle
    • On-stage speaking opportunity at the Gala
    • Company name and/or logo displayed on Jackson Convention Complex outdoor digital signage
    • Full page ad with preferred placement in event Program Book
    • Featured in Tougaloo College Annual Report
    • Inclusion in pre- and post-Gala publicity
    • Recognition in Tougaloo College Civil Rights Commemorative marketing materials including: television, radio, and print media
    • Recognition on Tougaloo College outdoor digital signage
    • Recognition on Tougaloo College website
  • Visionary Sponsor $75,000
    • Invitation to Pre-Gala Reception
    • Two (2) Premier Tables (20 seats) in Chairman’s Circle
    • Company name and/or logo displayed on Jackson Convention Complex outdoor digital signage
    • Full page ad in event Program Book
    • Featured in Tougaloo College Annual Report
    • Inclusion in pre- and post-Gala publicity
    • Recognition in Tougaloo College Civil Rights Commemorative marketing materials including: television, radio, and print media
    • Recognition on Tougaloo College outdoor digital signage
    • Recognition on Tougaloo College website
  • Gala Entertainment Sponsor $50,000
    • Invitation to Pre-Gala Reception
    • One (1) Premier Table (10 seats) in President’s Circle
    • Company name and/or logo displayed on Jackson Convention Complex outdoor digital signage
    • Full page ad in event Program Book
    • Featured in Tougaloo College Annual Report
    • Inclusion in pre- and post-Gala publicity
    • Recognition in Tougaloo College Civil Rights Commemorative marketing materials including: television, radio, and print media
    • Recognition on Tougaloo College outdoor digital signage
    • Recognition on Tougaloo College website
  • Pre-Gala Reception Sponsor $25,000
    • Invitation to Pre-Gala Reception
    • One (1) Premier Table (10 seats) in President’s Circle
    • Company name and/or logo displayed on Jackson Convention Complex outdoor digital signage
    • Full page ad in event Program Book
    • Featured in Tougaloo College Annual Report
    • Inclusion in pre- and post-Gala publicity
    • Recognition in Tougaloo College Civil Rights Commemorative marketing materials including: television, radio, and print media
    • Recognition on Tougaloo College outdoor digital signage
    • Recognition on Tougaloo College website
  • Leadership Sponsor $15,000
    • Invitation to Pre-Gala Reception
    • One (1) Reserved Table (10 seats) in Leadership Circle
    • Company name and/or logo displayed on Jackson Convention Complex outdoor digital signage
    • Full page ad in Gala Program Book
    • Distinguished table signage at Gala
    • Recognition in Tougaloo College Annual Report
    • Recognition on Tougaloo College outdoor digital signage
    • Recognition on Tougaloo College website
  • Sustaining Sponsor $10,000
    • Invitation to Pre-Gala Reception
    • One (1) Reserved Table (10 seats)
    • Sponsorship acknowledgment in Program Book
    • Half page ad in Gala Program Book
    • Recognition in Tougaloo College Annual Report
    • Recognition on Tougaloo College website
  • Partnership Sponsor $5,000
    • Invitation to Pre-Gala Reception
    • One (1) Reserved Table (10 seats)
    • Sponsorship acknowledgment in Gala Program Book
    • Recognition in Tougaloo College Annual Report
    • Recognition on Tougaloo College website
  • Supporting Sponsors $1,250
    • Invitation to Pre-Gala Reception
    • One (1) Reserved Table (10 seats)
    • Sponsorship acknowledgment in Gala Program Book
    • Recognition in Tougaloo College Annual Report
  • Individual Tickets $200.00

Funds raised through this event benefit the Tougaloo College Annual Fund.

Two Rivers Sponsorship Form Click here to print this form 

Tougaloo College
Office of Institutional Advancement
500 West County Line Road
Tougaloo, Mississippi 39174
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email: epjones@tougaloo.edu
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