Emma K. Elzy Award

For Outstanding Achievement in Race Relations

The Conference Commission on Religion and Race is currently receiving nominations for the Emma K. Elzy Award. The Elzy Award encourages reconciliation by honoring an individual, group, or institution that has shown outstanding achievement in race relations in the state of Mississippi. 

This award is given on honor of Emma Elzy, an outstanding laywoman. A descendant of slaves, Emma Kimp Elzy was born on May 23, 1886. She married Charlie Elzy in Pontotoc in 1907. They had four children: Ruby, Amanda Belle, Robert Isaac, and Beatrice Wayne.

Emma Elzy was a woman of great faith and built her life’s foundation on the teaching of the Methodist Church. She was a woman unafraid of hard work. In the mornings she taught five grades at the Pontotoc Colored School until noon and then worked in the cotton fields until sunset. While her husband and children slept at night, she did the laundry for several white families in the community. She was a woman of prayer, when her husband left her and the four children; she relied even more on her faith in God and the church.

Emma moved to Corinth to teach after she lost her job in Pontotoc. It was there that she joined Mount Moriah Methodist Church. She would remain in Corinth nearly all the rest of her life. Emma died in 1985 age 98, just shy of her 99th birthday. She had been a member of the Methodist Church for about 70 years and attended Methodist Conferences for 50 years.

Emma K. Elzy went beyond the norm to bring unity and inclusiveness to the body of Christ. She gave liberally of her time, talent, money and ingenuity to promote better race relations, human relations, church relations and family relations.

The deadline for nominations is May 15, 2022. Click here for nomination form.

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