JSU alumna named virtual guest for State of the Union address

 Alonda Thomas Byline


Jackson State University alumnus Congressman Bennie G. Thompson hosted alumna Jasmin Owens Chapman, D.D.S., as his Hometown Hero virtual guest to President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday, March 1.

“For this year’s State of the Union address, I wanted to highlight one of the millions of hardworking Americans whose perseverance in the face of the challenges presented by the pandemic fueled our nation’s historic recovery,” said Thompson. “People like my guest, Dr. Jasmin Owens Chapman, are the true heroes behind America’s progress over the past year, and I am proud to uplift her.”

Chapman is the chief executive officer for Jackson Hinds Comprehensive Health Center. It is one of the largest and oldest community health centers in the state of Mississippi, serving more than 49,000 patients at multiple locations in Hinds, Warren and Copiah counties.

“It brings me immense pride to be recognized as a committed health care activist by President Joe Biden during one of his most important addresses to our great nation,” Chapman said.

The State of the Union address highlighted the achievements and work still to be done under Biden’s leadership. While safety protocols limited this year’s in-person attendance, Thompson believes inviting Chapman as his virtual guest was one way to honor the people of the Second Congressional District and elevate their stories.

Chapman and her husband, retired judge Clyde Chapman, and their children and grandchildren, watched the address virtually from their home in Terry, Mississippi.

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