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Rouse will be guest speaker at NAACP banquet Feb. 17


JASON ROUSE JASON ROUSE Jason A. Rouse will be the speak­er at this year’s annual banquet for the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) to be held at 6 p.m. Sat­urday, February 17, at the Lincoln Center.

Rouse is the son of the late James Rouse and Sandra Rouse. Born and raised in Augusta, he graduated with honors at the top of his class from the Academy of Richmond County. After contemplating vari­ous colleges and universities, some offering full scholarships, Rouse decided to further his education at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. This is where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engi­neering.

Rouse began his career as a ra­dio frequency (RF) engineer with Bellsouth Mobility in Greensboro, North Carolina. Later he took his talents and knowledge to Char­lotte, North Carolina, serving in the same capacity with Sprint. After 11 years, he decided to change course to become a tower structural ana­lyst with Crown Castle where he is currently employed. Rouse has worked in the wireless communica­tions industry for almost 20 years.

Rouse’s motto is, “Make a dif­ference in whatever you do, even the smallest may have the biggest impact on someone else.” He cer­tainly “leads by example,” accord­ing to friends, and he is described as being a God-fearing, devoted, loving, and supportive husband and father. Rouse is happily mar­ried to his wife, Kimberly, and has two children, Justin and Kai. He and his family are active in the Park Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, and both he and his wife serve on the leadership team of the “Married Couples in Christ” min­istry.

Rouse believes in “being a man of his word and putting his words to action.” His message is that “a man is shaped and strengthened by his experiences and therefore does not confirm to the norm. Ideally, he should not let his circumstances dictate who he is. Rather, that a man should draw on who he is within to persevere through the challenges with which he is faced.”

The NAACP strives to insure that all people are represented and have equal rights in American soci­ety and culture, regardless of race. The nation’s largest and oldest civ­il rights organization, the NAACP was founded in 1909 by a group that included W.E.B. DuBois and Ida B. Wells-Barnett.

Other people appearing on the program at the banquet will be Rev. Davarious Cullars, Rev. Mat­thew Harden, Mayor Henry Brown, Superintendent Dr. Samuel Light, Councilman Ernie Norman, Rob­ert Mattox, Kimberly Rouse, Rev. Freddie Neal, Nellie Kennedy, and Kenneth Elam.

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