Leflore County Democrats will be gearing up on Thursday for the November general election when they hold their 19th annual Beans and Greens Dinner.

Addressing the group at the Leflore County Civic Center will be two candidates running for statewide office in Mississippi: state Rep. Jay Hughes of Oxford, the party’s nominee for lieutenant governor, and Johnny DuPree of Hattiesburg, the nominee for secretary of state. Both are seeking offices that have been held by Republicans who are running for higher offices.

Robert Sims, chairman of the Leflore County Democratic Executive Committee, is hoping Thursday’s dinner “will bring the Democratic Party together to elect some Democrats statewide.”

Currently, the only Democrat holding a statewide office is Attorney General Jim Hood, who is running for governor against Republican nominee Tate Reeves, the current lieutenant governor.

Sims said he feels that Hood, Hughes and DuPree all have a good shot at winning their contests.

DuPree, who served as mayor of Hattiesburg for 16 years, will give the welcoming address Thursday, and Hughes, a first-term lawmaker, will deliver the keynote address.

The name of the dinner pays tribute to the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, a predominantly black faction that in the mid-1960s challenged the domination of the state’s Democratic Party by white segregationists.

At that time, Sims said, the Freedom Democrats would gather at the homes of local members. “Everyone brought a potluck — greens and beans and bread. They didn’t worry about meat at that time because they didn’t have much money.”

The menu for Thursday night’s dinner includes some Beans and Greens staples — green beans and turnip greens — but a whole lot more: chicken, both fried and baked, hamburger steak, garlic potatoes, rolls, cornbread and cake. The only alcohol served will be at a wine and cheese hospitality hour that starts at 6 p.m. After that, it’s tea and water for the dinner that begins at 7 p.m.

Tickets for the dinner are $15 each.

Sims said he is expecting 200 people to attend, including some from as far away as Southaven and Meridian.

“We’re just going to have a good time. Good music, good entertainment, good food,” he said.

For more information or to inquire about tickets, contact Sims at 453-2665.

nContact Tim Kalich at 581-7243 or tkalich@gwcommonwealth.com.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.