Somehow former Mid-South Peace & Justice Center (MPJC) Executive Director Jacob Flowers managed to make a decade-long, full-time career out of being a hippie.
And now that he's moved on to another — ahem, hippie — job pushing affordable health-care sign-ups at Enroll America, those who have worked with Flowers through the local social justice movement will have a chance to poke a little fun at Flowers at "Roast & Toast Jacob Flowers" on Thursday, June 26th, at the National Civil Rights Museum.
MPJC friend and wage-theft crusader Kyle Kordsmeier will M.C. the event. The list of roasters includes Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy, AFSMCE director Gail Tyree, Manna House's Pete Gathje, Pezz punk rocker Ceylon Mooney, First Congo Church's Julia Hicks, former MPJC Board Chair Emily Fulmer, and Flowers' successor as MPJC director, Brad Watkins. Flowers' family will finish out the roast with jokes from his mother Sandy Furrh and his wife Allison Glass.
Before the roast, cocktails will be served as folk-jazz-pop trio Sibella performs. After the roast is a performance by Memphis United member and up-and-coming local rapper Knowledge Nick. Tickets are $10 to reflect Flowers' decade with the organization.
"I think it's pretty gracious that Jacob is still raising money in support of the work this organization does, even after he departs," Watkins says. "And I think there are a lot of people out there who would be jumping at the opportunity to do a roast on Jacob."