Submitted by Nadine Ivey
Mr. Alonzo Ellis, Jr. is the son of the late Bullock County Commissioner Alonza B. Ellis, Sr. (Bullock County’s first African American Commissioner who served for 36 years) and the late Mrs. Mary Jean Persons Ellis.
Because of his humanitarian services to the citizens of Bullock County, Commissioner Ellis received the distinction of receiving the Humanitarian Award given by the Y.C. Nance Memorial Sports Foundation at its annual banquet.
The program was held Sunday, September 19, 2021, at the Embassy Suites in Montgomery, Alabama. Commissioner Ellis is a 1984 graduate of Bullock County High School and, being a responsible young man, began his career as a truck driver at a very early age.
In 2018 he was elected as the Chairman of the Bullock County Commission, where he is honored to serve the citizens of Bullock County. His humanitarian services include sponsoring “The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Celebration” for 13 years. The King Day Celebration consists of a parade and a program highlighting the contributions of Dr. King.
During the program, Commissioner Ellis honors individuals from the Bullock County community who have emulated Dr. King’s lesson of service to others and who have contributed to the progress of the African American community.
Because of his interest in developing the knowledge of Black History for the youth of Bullock County, for the past 12 years, Commissioner Ellis has annually sponsored a trip to the historic Selma, Alabama Bridge Crossing event. In addition to his contributions to the Bullock County community, Commissioner Ellis has displayed an interest in recognizing and celebrating Older Americans Month in May. (Due to COVID, these activities were not held.)
Commission Chairman Alonzo Ellis, Jr. extends his gratitude to the Y.C. Nance Memorial Sports Foundation for honoring him and recognizing his benevolent service to the citizens of Bullock County.
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