MLK Scholarship Breakfast supports local students

By Portia Williams

January 11, 2014

Portia Williams

PDT Staff Writer

More than 125 people came out to the 25th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast held Saturday at the Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Friends Community Room.

Hosted by the Dr. Scholarship Committee, the breakfast event began with a welcome from the committee chairperson, Maureen Cadogan. She said she is pleased with the outcome of the breakfast, which is the primary source of funding for the scholarships.

“Another successful year. Because of the generosity of the community, we will again be able to honor area students with a leg-up in their quest for higher education,” Cadgogan said.

The number of tickets sold for this year’s breakfast has not been determined yet, though Cadogan said she is confident about the results.

Celeste Adams was the guest speaker for the event. Adams is a past recipient of the Dr. King Scholarship.

“It means a lot to me as a recipient in 1992, and to be able to come back and to speak of my experience because of the scholarship. I did not go directly to college after high school graduation, but I am back, and I am pursuing the dream,” Adams said.

Adams has been employed with Southern Ohio Medical Center for 20 years, and will complete college course-work at Shawnee State University to become a Registered Nurse in 2015.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by three youth, Jeremiah Rigsbee, Dontavion Parker, and Taliyah Gripper. The ‘Lift Every Voice,’ also known as the ‘Negro Athem’ was led by Ester Dickerson as the audience followed along with provided lyrics.

Pastor David Malone rendered a very detailed invocation, with words of thanks giving for the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Special recognition was given to Dr. Abbus Bawazer for his continued support and exceptional donations that he makes to the scholarship fund each year. Bawazer was honored with a plaque by Cadogan. An interpretive mime dance was performed by Charis Davis to song entitled, ‘Run Until I Finish.’

The breakfast came to an end with the gather of hands by each attended to make a circle around the expanse of the room. The group in engaged in the singing of ‘We Shall Overcome,’ which was led by Elder Ralph Clay.

Adams said she is hopeful that the message encouraged those who attended the event, especially the students.

“I just want to encourage people to pursue their dreams, and never give up on their dream, if they choose to go to college, if they choose to work. They need to know that they are more than conquerors, and that they can do all things,” Adams said.

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