JACKSON, Tenn. – April 4, 2006 – Union University announced today Winston S. Churchill will be the keynote speaker for the 10th annual Scholarship Banquet at Jackson’s Carl Perkins Civic Center on Tuesday, Sept. 26.
Grandson and namesake of the former British prime minister, Churchill is an accomplished author, journalist and parliamentarian. He worked as a roving war correspondent in the Congo, Angola, Borneo, Biafra, Vietnam and the Middle East. At age 30, he entered Parliament as the youngest Conservative Party member. He served 27 years, and was named to the Defence Select Committee of the House of Commons.
Audiences praise Churchill’s ability to draw parallels between his grandfather’s world prior to World War II and the current world situation. His most recent book, “Never Give In! The Best of Winston Churchill’s Speeches,” has won critical acclaim for presenting the former prime minister’s deeply inspirational oratories, especially during the darkest war days.
“Winston Churchill was one of the greatest leaders in modern world history, and his grandson connects us to this eloquent and inspirational statesman,” Union President David S. Dockery said. ”When he promised the British people ‘blood, sweat and tears,’ and when he described communism’s life behind an ‘iron curtain,’ Churchill coined phrases that have stood the test of time. It will be an honor to welcome his gifted grandson to Union University.”
In addition to his leadership as prime minister, Churchill served as British colonial secretary during the 1920s, playing a major leadership role in the Middle East during that era.
His grandson has studied that contribution and produced significant writings about the region.
“Churchill’s book ‘Six Day War’ has remained the definitive work on that conflict many years after its run on the best-seller list,” Dockery said. “He will bring our audience a perspective on world affairs that starts with his grandfather’s legacy, but is very much based on personal experience as a journalist and historian.”
Previous keynote speakers at Union University’s Scholarship Banquet include George H.W. Bush, Mikhail Gorbachev, Lady Margaret Thatcher, Colin Powell, James Baker, Rudolph Giuliani, John Major, Robert Dole and Lou Holtz. Union’s Board of Presidential Associates issues the keynote invitation each year for the purpose of raising money for student scholarships. The previous nine events generated about $3.5 million. Table sponsorships begin at $1,000 and individual seats are available at $125.
This year’s lead and premier sponsors include BancorpSouth, Porter Cable & DeVilbiss, which is now Black & Decker, Harry Smith and Schilling Enterprises, Roy White and White Investments LLC, FirstBank, Benny and Norma Fesmire, Lloyd Hansen, Jack and Zan Holmes, The Jackson Sun, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network/Rod and Amy Parker, Jack and Faye Porter, Mike and Trish Weeks, West Tennessee Healthcare and an anonymous donor.
Sponsorship opportunities are available at all levels. For ticket information, including table sponsorships and individual balcony seating, contact Union’s Office of University Relations at (731) 661-5050.