Rep. Flaggs honored as humanitarian

Published 12:34 pm Friday, July 9, 2010

Rep. George Flaggs Jr. was honored as Humanitarian of the Year 2010 during the Vicksburg Homecoming Benevolent Club’s 35th annual homecoming celebration.

Flaggs, a member of the Mississippi Legislator for more than 21 years, was celebrated last weekend as a humanitarian, pioneer, icon and community leader.

The 57-year-old Edwards native has served as vice chairman of the Apportionment and Elections Committee as well as chairman of the Labor, Juvenile Justice and Human Services and Public Safety committees.

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His accomplishments include Outstanding Young Men of America from 1980 to 1981, a feature in “Governing Magazine,” “The Benchmarking Craze,” “Mississippi Primary Health Care Association,” he received the James L. “Jim” Bean Leadership Award, the South Eastern Spirit Award, the Most Distinguished Legislator for Juvenile Justice Causes, Dr. Larry Leflore Juvenile Justice Advocate of the Year, Center for Policy Alternatives’ Legislator of the Month, the NAACP Vernon Dahmer Award and Omicron Rho Lamda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Community Service Award. Flaggs graduated from Vicksburg High School, earned an associate’s degree at Hinds Community College and bachelor’s degree at Jackson State University.