FAYETTE, Miss (WJTV) - Never underestimate the power of a handwritten letter to your Congressman.
Jefferson County High School student Daija Jones asked Congressman Bennie Thompson to visit her school for Black History month. Monday, the Congressman granted her request and took time to talk with her classmates.
Thompson has represented the Second Congressional District since 1993 when the post was vacated by Mike Espy.
As a young student, Thompson was a civil rights activist through (SNCC) Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee while attending Tougaloo College. He served as Alderman and Mayor of his hometown, Bolton before becoming a Hinds County Supervisor.
Congressman Thompson is the longest-serving African-American elected official in the State of Mississippi.
Daija Jones invited another special guest to the event. Her grandmother, Linda Davis, is the former Democratic Chairwoman for Jefferson County.