UAPB college chapter of NAACP to sponsor banquet April 5

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff college chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will sponsor the Women in NAACP banquet April 5 at 7 p.m. at Mount Harmony Missionary Baptist Church, 812 E. Harding Ave.

An event that honors women in the organization, the program will feature Classie Jones-Green, who served as president of the Pine Bluff Branch of the NAACP from 2009-2012.

A native of Monticello, Green made Pine Bluff her home in 1987. Green is a 1964 graduate of Drew High School and a 1967 graduate of Pines Vocational Tech School where she studied to become a licensed practical nurse. She enrolled in the first registered nurses’ class at A&M (now the University of Arkansas at Monticello) and was the first African-American nursing graduate of UAM in 1972.

She has worked for Drew Memorial Hospital, Bradley County Hospital, Jewish Hospital in St. Louis and Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff.

Green was the UAM campus nurse from 1976 to 1987 and organized the first UAM Health Fair and was instrumental in the formation of the UAM African American Alumni Association, which has created an endowed scholarship in her honor.

Having worked as an occupational health nurse at International Paper in Pine Bluff from 1987 until her retirement in 2004, Green is also a 1992 graduate of Leadership Pine Bluff, a Silver Lifetime member of the NAACP. She is currently serving on the executive board, is editor of tThe NAACP Newsletter and serves as chair of the ways and means committee of the Jefferson County Democratic Women.

She is married to Rev. Clarence Green and the mother of three — Steven Jones, Bonita Jones-Rainey and Scott Jones. She also has nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Banquet tickets for a table of eight are available for $160 and individual tickets are $20 per person. For more information about the banquet, call (870) 575-8341 or (870) 692-5974.