April 1, 2023: Hattiesburg American: MS Legislature goes late into night on last day to finalize the budget, see what's in it
The public education budget was nearly complete Friday afternoon, when Sen. Barbara Blackmon, D-Jackson, noticed something was wrong. An unknown lawmaker had included $300,000 for a virtual reality education company that is currently seeking $795,000 from related to the state's welfare fraud scandal. The company, Lobaki Inc., was later removed from the education budget, and members of both chambers could not say who added the particular line item, or how it went unnoticed until it was nearly passed.
Dec 8, 2022: Jackson Advocate: Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus open to serve Black and other residents since 1976
In the MS State Senate the following are current members: JUAN BARNETT, representing Forrest, Jones, and Jasper counties; BARBARA BLACKMON, representing Attala, Holmes, Leake, Madison, and Yazoo counties; ALBERT BUTLER, representing Claiborne, Copiah, Hinds, and Jefferson counties; HILLMAN FRAZIER, representing Hinds County; ROBERT HICKMAN, representing Kemper, Lauderdale, Noxubee, and Winston counties; JOHN HORHN, representing Hinds and Madison counties; ROBERT JACKSON, representing Coahoma, Panola, Quitman, and Tunica counties; DAVID JORDAN, who is not listed on the caucus’ website, but has long represented Leflore County; SOLLIE NORWOOD, representing Hinds County; DERRICK SIMMONS, representing Bolivar, Coahoma, and Washington counties; SARITA SIMMONS, representing Bolivar, Sunflower, and Tallahatchie counties; JOSEPH THOMAS, representing Sunflower, Humphreys, Madison, Sharkey, Washington, and Yazoo counties; and ANGELA TURNER FORD, representing Clay, Lowndes, Noxubee, and Oktibbeha counties.
June 28, 2020: Telegraph Herald: Mississippi close to removing rebel emblem from its flag
Mar 23, 2016: Clarion Ledger: Lawmakers filibuster over airport, gay marriage bills
The filibuster in the Senate, led by Sens. Barbara Blackmon, D-Canton, and Debbie Dawkins, D-Pass Christian, is reportedly over House Bill 1523 passing in a Senate judiciary committee on Tuesday's deadline. The bill states that government officials and private business owners couldn't be punished for acting on religious beliefs that marriage should be only between a man and a woman.
August 4, 2015: Barbara Blackmon defeated incumbent Kenneth Jones in the Democratic primary.
January 5, 2016: Blackmon was sworn in as a member of the Mississippi State Senate, representing District 21.
Nov 5, 2019: Blackmon won the general election for re-election to the Mississippi State Senate to represent District 21.
June 27, 2020: Blackmon spoke in support of a resolution that would allow lawmakers to change the state flag at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss.
Sen. Barbara Blackmon, D-Canton, who represents Holmes County, was not present at the meeting, but also opposes consolidation, and has authored legislation that intends to deconsolidate districts that do not improve three years after their involuntary consolidation.
Senators voting against the bill Thursday were Barbara Blackmon, D-Canton; Nickey Browning, R-Pontotoc; Angela Hill, R-Picayune; Russell Jolly, R-Houston; Chris Massey, R-Nesbit; Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville; Bill Stone, D-Holly Springs; Angela Turner, D-West Point; and J.P. Wilemon, D-Belmont.
She was an orphan by the age of 3 and passed around by family members for years from one house to another.
She was given chores in the house, the garden and the fields. When she inquired about school, her aunts and uncles told her education wasn’t important for a young girl in the 1920s.
Now, former Sen. Barbara Blackmon, D-Canton, is back, having defeated former Black Caucus chairman Kenneth Wayne Jones in the Democratic primary. She is a pistol and will pick up some allies to make life miserable for Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves
Democrat Barbara Blackmon will return to the Mississippi Capitol after defeating two-term Sen. Kenny Wayne Jones in last month's party primary.
Sen. Kenny Wayne Jones has not ruled out contesting the results of the election that saw him lose the Democratic primary for Senate District 21 to former Sen. Barbara Blackmon by 34 votes.
Barbara Blackmon appears to be the next state senator for District 21, narrowly beating incumbent Kenny Wayne Jones for the seat that encompasses Madison, Attala, Leake, Holmes and Yazoo counties.
Former state Sen. Barbara Blackmon, Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor in 2003, on Thursday qualified to run for state Senate District 21 seat against incumbent Sen. Kenneth Wayne Jones, D-Canton.
Barbara Blackmon, a Democrat who served in the Senate from 1992-2004, filed Thursday to challenge two-term Sen. Kenny Wayne Jones in the party primary. Both are from Canton. Blackmon was the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor in 2003, losing to Republican incumbent Amy Tuck.
Her great-grandfather, Fred Sanders, recently died of cancer, and Blackmon learned from her grandmother Barbara Blackmon, of Blackmon & Blackmon law firm in Canton, that her grandfather, Edward Blackmon Jr.'s father, Edward Blackmon Sr., and Barbara's father, Julius Martin Sr., had also died of cancer. Blackmon decided to start collecting change for a cancer society donation
In 2003, then State Senator Barbara Blackmon was the Democratic Party’s nominee for lieutenant governor.
Mississippi made history twice during the primaries. On Nov. 4, voters will determine which female candidate for lieutenant governor — incumbent Amy Tuck or Democratic contender Barbara Blackmon — will control the state senate.
Barbara returned home to Jackson, Mississippi and began her legal career developing tax clients and providing competent and courteous representation. Always aware that to whom much is given, much is required; Barbara was compelled to use her expertise to educate her community about the importance of asset building, estate planning and tax planning.
Barbara Blackmon is presently the Managing Partner of Blackmon and Blackmon, PLLC, a small, but aggressive law firm in Canton, Mississippi that does plaintiff and defense work, representing many Fortune 500 clients. Barbara, along with her husband, Edward Blackmon, Jr. is the General Counsel for the General Missionary Baptist State Convention as well as City Attorneys for Canton, Mississippi.
Breaking barriers come easy to Barbara Blackmon. In 1991, she was elected the first African American woman to represent Madison, Yazoo and Humphreys counties in the Mississippi State Senate. As a state senator, she worked to increase funding for all of Mississippi’s state colleges and universities. She supported the Mississippi Adequate Education Plan to provide equity to poorer school districts and was a champion for senior citizens and children by being a strong and effective voice for sound health care policies. Lt. Governor Eddie Briggs recognized Barbara’s vast business and legal capacity and because of her significant business background, Senator Blackmon was appointed to the powerful Senate Finance Committee where as a newly minted senator she was appointed Vice Chair where she advocated for more economic development in the poorer areas of the state as well as record construction investments at Mississippi’s universities and junior colleges. Lt. Governor Eddie Briggs, also, appointed Barbara to the Legislative Budget Committee and was the first female ever appointed to the Committee from the State Senate. She still holds that distinction. The Committee sets the State’s Budget prior to the Legislature convening. Barbara Blackmon was the first African American in the Senate to be appointed to a subcommittee chair on the Appropriations Committee where she oversaw over $350 million in agency budgets.
As a continuation of her public service, Richboy Entertainment, Inc. launched “The Barbara Blackmon Show” which aired April, 2006 as a news program featuring local and state policy makers, discussing the issues of the day and educating Mississippians on public policies that would enhance the quality of life in the state. The show aired in 68 of the state’s 82 counties each Sunday morning.
Barbara Blackmon served as President of the National Black Caucus of States Institute, a public policy think tank which developed parallel to the National Black Caucus of State Legislators from 2002-2010. She is a former Co-Chair of the National Campaign for Jackson State University’s $50 Million Campaign for scholarships, endowments and programs and served on the Board of Directors for the Jackson State University Foundation. She served on the steering committee for the B.B. King Museum in Indianola, Mississippi. She has served on the Board of Directors of the United Way of the Capitol Area, the Boys and Girls Club of Central Mississippi, the Stewpot of Canton, the American Red Cross Central Mississippi Chapter and as President of the Foundation for Education and Economic Development among other community and professional associations.
Barbara and her husband Edward Blackmon, Jr. received an award for Black Philanthropy for having given $1,000,000.00 to Tougaloo College, $750,000.00 to Jackson State University, and providing scholarships and awards to 53 students through their previous Foundation.
Barbara Blackmon represented Humphreys, Madison and Yazoo counties in Senate District 21 for 12 years. She was the 2003 Democratic Nominee for Lieutenant Governor of the State of Mississippi. Barbara Blackmon was the first woman ever to hold that honor. Her run inspired young people of all ages to dream and know that you can achieve that dream. Blackmon is an attorney who lives in Canton and is married to State Representative Edward Blackmon, Jr., who is also the Senior Partner of Blackmon and Blackmon, PLLC. They have two sons, Madison Edward and Bradford Jerome and one granddaughter, Enyla Chenise. The Blackmon’s are members of Cade Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.