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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 6, 2005

First Lady Marsha Barbour Announces Title Essay For
Mississippi PRIDE Book

The Mississippi PRIDE Committee announced this week that Oscar™-winning Actor Morgan Freeman will write the title essay for the new book, Proud To Call Mississippi HOME™, planned for publication in December 2005. The announcement was made by Mississippi First Lady Marsha Barbour, Honorary Chair of the Mississippi PRIDE Committee.

The Mississippi PRIDE Committee is composed of business and civic leaders from across the state, part of a statewide effort to tell the positive story of Mississippi and reflect the pride all Mississippians feel for their home. Duane O’Neill, President of the MetroJackson Chamber, is chairman of the committee.

“All Mississippians have taken great pride in the public statements by Morgan Freeman in the national media that reflect his pride in his home state. No statement tells the story better than his interview on CNN in 2001,” Mrs. Barbour said.

In the CNN interview, a reporter asked Freeman, “You could live anywhere in the world you want. Why are you moving to Mississippi?”

Freeman’s response was, “Precisely because I can live anywhere in the world I want.”

“Morgan Freeman speaks from his heart in telling the positive story of Mississippi. He makes all of us proud to call Mississippi home and we are honored that he has agreed to write the title essay in this new book,” Mrs. Barbour said.

Proud to Call Mississippi Home ™ will be a full color, coffee table book developed by Image Publishing, Inc., the company that just completed a new book Greater Jackson – Welcome Home for the MetroJackson Chamber of Commerce. The book will chronicle in words and photos the life and times of world-famous Mississippians who are proud to call Mississippi Home, plus 50 Mississippi visionaries selected by the Mississippi PRIDE Committee.

Executive Editor Charles McKellar said Freeman’s title essay will be illustrated with a photo section in the first of four primary sections. The second section, he said, “will feature photos and profiles devoted to the world-famous Mississippians we all honor and respect, and whose accomplishments have brought such pride to their home state.” He said this section will also feature positive facts about Mississippi.

He said the third section will be devoted to profiles of 50 Mississippi visionaries. He said these are Mississippians who have made a significant contribution to the traditions, customs and heritage of their home state. These 50 individuals will be selected to be honored in the book by the Mississippi PRIDE Committee from nominations made by all of the citizens of Mississippi.

The final section will be sponsored profiles written about the outstanding business firms, organizations and communities that are proud to call Mississippi home. McKellar said these paid editorial profiles will provide much of the revenue to pay the cost of the publication.

The book will be a high quality, full-color 9” x 12” hardbound book of top quality paper, with case binding and a full-color wraparound dust jacket. McKellar said the expected page count of the book will be between 400 to 500 pages, depending upon the number of companies and organizations that support the publication.

The book is scheduled for publication in December 2005 and will sell for $39.95. Mississippians who want to reserve their copy now have until September 1, 2005 to purchase the book at the pre-publication price of $29.95 with a credit card.

Duane O’Neil, chairman of the Mississippi PRIDE Committee, said that chambers of commerce and economic development organizations planning to use the book to promote Mississippi.

For More Information contact:
Charles McKellar, Executive Editor
Image Publishing, Inc.
201 South President Street
Jackson, MS 39201
Office 601-948-7575 -- FAX 601-948-1808
Or Toll Free 1-877-334-6060 -- Cell 901-432-6060
[email protected]

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