Sen. James to take part in prayer breakfast

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State Sen. Donzella James

State Sen. Donzella James will take part in a prayer breakfast at a Grantville church on Saturday.

James will be mistress of ceremonies for the prayer breakfast at Mt. Gilead United Methodist Church. Eleanor Grier, whose husband, Dexter Grier, is pastor of the church at 2202 Bohannon Rd., said the breakfast will start at 9 a.m. “This is a fundraiser for the church, and the tickets are $10 at the door,” she said.

James is a Democrat, representing the 35th district in Fulton and Douglas counties. She was elected to the Georgia Senate in 1994 for four and a half terms before resigning to run for Congress. In 2009 James was re-elected to the Senate post.

She is a member of the Education and Youth, Special Judiciary, Economic Development and State and Local Governmental Operations committees. She has worked to bring progressive change in the areas of crime reduction, the environment, economic development, quality education and increased access to affordable health care.

James also has been an advocate for stronger drunk driving and drug trafficking laws.

She has been honored as a Fleming Fellow for the National Center for Policy Alternatives, a recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Fellowship at the same organization and with an honorable mention award in the JFK Profiles in Courage program. James currently is co-host on a weekly show, “Radio Haitian Voice International.” She has been a member of numerous community and human rights organizations.

James holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and political science from Morris Brown College and did additional study at Georgia State University. Emmanuel Bible College in Macon presented her with an honorary doctorate of humanities.

An Atlanta native, she is a former teacher and retired federal employee. She and her husband, Elmo James, have been married more than 35 years.

A pastor will be speaking at the Mt. Gilead breakfast, which is slated to become an annual event. Eleanor Grier said the event will offer “a scrumptious breakfast and a hallelujah good time.”



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