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Higher Education
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 31st Annual Scholarship Breakfast was held in Houston January 21
by Lynda Guidry
Tuesday, January 22, 2019


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 31st Annual Scholarship BreakfastThe Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 31st Annual Scholarship Breakfast, held on Monday at Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center, ushered in the day’s public activities to honor the life and legacy of the slain civil rights leader.

The event, organized and hosted by the Greater Houston Frontiers Club, has become a tradition looked forward to from year to year by a broad spectrum of people in public and private life who are devoted to improving future outcomes for young people through encouragement and assistance in attaining quality education.

The tone of the breakfast was celebratory yet serious.  Mayor Sylvester Turner spoke to the attendees about the importance of not being spectators only in the endeavor to make life better for all citizens of this country, but to be active participants in carrying on Dr. King’s vision by investing in our community’s  youth through higher education.

The program featured brief comments by members of Congress Sheila Jackson Lee and Al Green as well as Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis. 

The theme for this year’s gathering was “Passing the Torch Through Education”.

Chairperson for the event Shirley Carter Williams presented the Drum Major’s Award to Carla Lane, founder of Woman’s Work, a non-profit organization devoted to assisting women to enter and thrive in the workforce. 

Donnell Cooper, president of the GHFC thanked the corporate sponsors and donors and praised this year’s event chairperson Shirley Carter Williams.

Jacey Patterson, president of the Greater Houston Jr. Frontiers, introduced keynote speaker Ryan C. George. 

George, a 2013 graduate of Lamar High School, went on to graduate with honors from Morehouse College and is a recruiter for Google. In his comments he reminded the audience of the many facets of Dr. King’s path of leadership and mission in his brief lifetime.  George urged all in the room, especially the youth, to embrace Dr. King’s exhortation to choose between “chaos or community” in our dealings with each other.  He challenged. the attendees to not lose heart or become complacent and encouraged the youth to not only seek higher education for a better financial future but to “help somebody”, paraphrasing King’s words.

The meeting ended with the singing of the Negro National Anthem and closing prayer by Pastor L.D. Lee.
 




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