Mississippi Valley State University

July 30, 2016

University News


January 18, 2013

Mississippi Valley State University will hold its Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation on Thursday, January 24 at 11:00 a.m. in the H.G. Carpenter Auditorium. The convocation will feature Senator Derrick T. Simmons, a trial lawyer, former municipal court judge, adjunct college professor and Mississippi State Senator for District 12.  This year’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation’s theme is Celebrating the Legacy: Passing the Torch and will pay tribute to Dr. King’s historical contributions in the areas of social justice and human rights. 

“Senator Simmons’ proven leadership in the areas of law and philanthropy are aligned with the University’s goal to expose the MVSU community to public servants who have demonstrated leadership, perseverance and community service,” said Acting University President Dr. Alfred Rankins, Jr.

“The University pays tribute to one of U. S. history’s most impactful leaders of all-times.  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a human being with an extraordinary vision and multiple dreams for a better world for us all.  In this spirit, MVSU celebrates this national holiday,” said Rankins.

Senator Simmons is self-employed as the co-founder/co-owner of Simmons & Simmons, PLLC, Attorneys at Law in Greenville, Miss., and licensed to practice law in Mississippi and the District of Columbia. 

Senator Simmons is a product of Greenville Public Schools and supports HBCUs. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and law degrees from Jackson State University, Howard Business School, and Howard University School of Law, respectively.  Senator Simmons’ successful handling of cases involving personal injury, corporate law, family law, juvenile justice and criminal defense has afforded him expertise and national recognition. 

Senator Simmons was recognized in 2012 by the National Bar Association and IMPACT as one of the "Nation’s Best Advocates: Top 40 Lawyers Under 40" for achieving prominence and distinction in the African-American legal community, both professionally and philanthropically. 

Senator Simmons was elected to the Mississippi Senate, District 12 on March 1, 2011 and serves on the following committees--Compilations, Revisions, and Publications, Corrections, Finance, Insurance, Judiciary A, Judiciary B, Labor, and Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.

There will be a MLK March Monday, January 21 at 3:30 p.m. starting at H.G. Carpenter Auditorium and ending at Jacob Aron Student Union, and a brief program afterwards on the Bennie G. Thompson Student Union Plaza.  The guest speaker is Carvice Johnson an aspiring motivational speaker from Charleston, Miss. Mr. Johnson is a 1989 graduate of Jackson State University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. With over 15 years of public speaking experience, Mr. Johnson frequently speaks at various churches, schools and social events. He is a member of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Charleston, Miss.