Black History Month Spotlight

Beverly Brown Williams is the proud daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elijah Brown of Independence, Louisiana. She is the youngest of 12 siblings and the proud mother of one son, John E. Williams II, and two grandchildren, John III and Jaylynn.

Beverly is a 1975 graduate of Independence Girls High School. During her years there, she was an active participant in several extracurricular athletic activities which included being a four-year member of the basketball, volleyball, and softball teams. She was also a four-year member of the chorus club under the direction of Mrs. Barbara Peterson.

Beverly is a proud alumnus of Southern University in Baton Rouge, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education. She is a lifelong member of the Southern University Alumni Tangipahoa Parish Chapter.

In addition to earning her bachelor’s degree from Southern, she also earned 30-plus graduate hour credits from Southeastern Louisiana University.

In 1982 she was employed by Tangipahoa Parish School System where she served as an educator for 31 years. She has touched the lives of many students during her tenure as a classroom teacher.

She served students at Hammond Westside Upper, Independence Middle School, and Loranger Middle School. She served as coordinator for Tangipahoa Parish’s 21st Century Learning Center at Independence Middle School, and job placement counselor at Tangipahoa Parish PM Magnet School.

She served as Tangipahoa Parish Fair booth coordinator at her school for 31 years and she would always win first place ribbons for her school’s display.

Teaching has been her life’s joy and she not only served her students in the classroom, but she made herself available to her students whenever they needed her. She would give her students her home telephone number just in case they ever needed to get in touch with her.

Beverly gave free tutoring services to students who needed extra help outside of school hours. She loved teaching and felt that teaching was her gift from God which she viewed as a ministry.

She would use her own personal funds to buy coats and tennis shoes for students who needed them during her tenure at Independence Middle School.

Beverly is a very active member of Zion Travelers Baptist Church in Independence which was founded and named by her father Elijah Brown Sr., and where she serves under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Bobby R. Showers, Sr.

Throughout her many years of service at Zion Travelers, she served as former vice president of the Inspirational Choir, Class No. 2 Sunday School instructor, member and vice president of the Senior Choir, BTU instructor, and member of the Home Mission Department.

She also served as a member of the church’s decorating committee, coordinator of the church’s annual picnic for several years and back to school, school supply drive, homebound outreach ministry, floral committee, hospital committee, and coordinator of the Pastor’s Anniversary dinner.

Beverly is a prominent member of the Independence community. She has served as vice president of the Italian board, president of the park and recreational board, Independence HUD board, and licensed Louisiana State Commissioner of HUD.

She most recently has served her community through her coordination with Second Harvest Food Bank where she has tirelessly worked to provide members of her own community and surrounding communities with much needed food supplements during this pandemic period.

To date, more than 1,700 boxes of food have been distributed to needy families throughout the area. She is a selfless giver who chooses to live her life in humble submission to God’s will. Her greatest desire is to be a servant for God who allows herself to be used by God to bless His people. She strives to be a living witness and testament to God’s goodness.

She understands and knows that demonstrating love in action is the best way that she can share the love of Christ and allow her life to shine for God’s Glory as she proclaims, “To God be the Glory for the things He has done, is doing, and will do in my life.”

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