2023 Horace Reuben Scholarship Banquet
Welcome! On behalf of the Brothers of W.C. Thomas Lodge #112, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for your support and attendance this evening as we celebrate 130 years of continued service in the community. We are excited to be back in person after hosting a virtual event the previous two years due to COVID-19.
As part of our Lodge’s community engagement efforts that focus on creating a “Cradle to College/Career Pipeline” for our youth, the Horace Reuben Scholarship Banquet has provided scholarships to high school seniors and first year college students since 1986. Because of your participation and generous donations, we will continue this legacy of supporting future leaders by providing five students with a scholarship this evening.
Thank you for your continued generosity and support for W.C. Thomas Lodge #112. Your commitment to this Lodge aids us in our ability to be transformative in the lives of young people, families, schools, and our communities.
Enjoy the evening!
Lamar D. Jackson, 32°
W.C. Thomas Lodge #112
W.C. Thomas Lodge #112
Known as the "Institute Of Higher Learning" the mission of W.C. Thomas Lodge #112 is to provide an environment of inspiration and engagement of good men for the betterment of their families, community, faith, country and to the fraternity. Guided by brotherly love, relief and truth; these great principles are outwardly expressed through our dedication to fellowship, service in the community and caring for our widows and elderly brothers.
Meet Our Keynote Speaker,
Attorney Mawuli Davis
Mawuli Mel Davis is an African centered civil rights attorney, human rights organizer, and author. For nearly 30 years Mawuli has been involved in building coalitions, organizing social justice protests, and conducting training to support the Black Liberation Movement. Mawuli played a key organizing role in ending “cash money bonds” in the city of Atlanta and the removal of the Confederate Monument in Decatur. Mawuli has been intentional about developing youth empowerment programs as a co-founder of Let Us Make Man, The Black Man Lab, and Beacon Hill Black Alliance for Human Rights. As an attorney, Mawuli has represented activists in the Occupy Movement, Moral Monday, and the Black Lives Matter Movement. Mawuli is a founding partner of Davis Bozeman Johnson Law, where he co-leads the firms Civil Rights Division. Mawuli was awarded the Ben Johnson Public Service Award by Georgia State University College of Law, the highest award the College of Law bestows. The DeKalb Lawyers Association annually awards the “Mawuli Davis Legal Warrior Award” to an attorney who exemplifies Mawuli’s commitment to social justice. Mawuli is also a Pre-Law professor in Clark Atlanta University’s Political Science Department. Mawuli holds a Bachelors of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy, a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Bowie State University, a Juris Doctor degree from Georgia State University College of Law, and he was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters by the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC). Mawuli is the author of We Need You! Encouraging my Sons’ Generation for Black Liberation. Mawuli is married to his childhood sweetheart, activist-educator and City Schools of Decatur School Board Chairperson, Jana Johnson-Davis. Their two sons, Kobie Jason, and Khari Malcolm are graduates of Howard University.
Thanks To Our Generous Sponsors
Thank you to all of sponsors for your generous support of W.C. Thomas Lodge #112 and our efforts to be of service to our community.
Meet & Greet
Music Provided by Muzik (Bro. Tyler Carrol)
Welcome – Master of Ceremony, Bro. Shelley Wynter
Establishment of Protocol – Bro. Junior Warden Kris Daniel
Invocation – Bro. Chaplain Gerry White
Dinner - Brothers of W.C. Thomas Lodge #112 & Sisters of Ruth Chapter #102
130 Years of Service Reflections – Bro. Junior Deacon Richard Harvey
Scholarship & Lodge Award Presentation – Worshipful Master Lamar D. Jackson
Keynote Speaker – Attorney Mawuli Davis
Fund the Mission – Master of Ceremony, Bro. Shelley Wynter
Benediction – Bro. Gerry White
Music and Dancing “Stone Cold Groove” – DJ Jay T (Bro. James Taylor)