Parrish Charitable Foundation to be honored by the United Methodist Men

Roland Parrish
Roland Parrish, president, CEO and owner of Parrish McDonald’s Restaurants. – Photo courtesy of St. Luke Community United Methodist Church


Special to The Dallas Examiner


The United Methodist Men at St. Luke Community United Methodist Church will honor Parrish Charitable Foundation founder Roland Parrish as the 2020 recipient of the James C. Belt Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award. The presentation will take place at the 2020 Honors Brunch set for Feb. 22 at 11 a.m. at Paul Quinn College, located at 3837 Simpson Stuart Road.

“The Belt award is presented annually to an individual with a record of outstanding vision, dedication and commitment to serve the citizens of their community and the state,” said Terry Robinson, chairperson of the selection committee.

The late attorney James C. Belt Jr., for whom the award is named, was a well-known attorney and activist who served St. Luke and represented a variety of civil rights causes for several decades.

Robinson said the goal of the recognition “is to shine a light on deserving individuals who have given of their time serving all people and ensuring that justice prevails for all.”

Parrish is also the president, CEO and owner of Parrish McDonald’s Restaurants – the second largest African American owned franchise in the United States. He owns 23 McDonald’s restaurants in North Texas and has frequently been listed on Black Enterprise Magazine’s BE 100 as one of the Top 100 Black Owned Businesses in the U.S. He earned his bachelor’s and MBA at Purdue University’s Krannert School of Business. A scholar and athlete, he lettered four years, served as team captain, was a two-time MVP for the Purdue track and field team while making the dean’s list seven out of eight semesters. He is a past chairman/CEO of the National Black McDonald’s Owner/Operators Association.

Parrish made a $2 million gift that supported renovations of the former Management and Economics Library at Purdue University, which was renamed the Roland G. Parrish Library of Management and Economics.  His gift of philanthropy also led to the Rev. John and Marie Parrish Medical Clinic in Fort Portal, Uganda, named in honor of his parents. The clinic opened in 2016. Parrish is married to Jewel and they have three children.

For more information, call Terry Robinson at 214-732-3417 or email himd at For tickets, email All proceeds go to the James C. Belt Jr. Scholarship Fund at Paul Quinn College.


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