By Portia Williams
The MLK Scholarship Committee hosted Performing Arts Night, the finale of the annual series of events, at the 14th Street Community Center Monday.
The 2014 scholarships were awarded to Katie Stevenson of Notre Dame High School; and Nia Reeves, Tanner Poage and Destiny Campbell, all of Portsmouth High School. Each student will receive a $2,000 one-time scholarship towards college education. Each scholarship recipient read their essays, which included their thoughts about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream, as well as their own educational dreams and endeavors.
Marcia Harris was the mistress of ceremonies of the Performing Arts segment of the event. Harris was assisted by two junior emcee’s, Dinia Smith, and SeQuoria McClure. Harris said the purpose is to inspire the youth in the community to leadership.
“Our mission as a community is to lead the youth, and to encourage them to be leaders. We wanted to focus on moving on, and stepping into your greatness,” Harris said.
Artistic expressions through song and dance were performed by 14th Street Community Center youth and Step Team. Dancers also included adults, Reuben Johnson and Kayla Crosby, Dimarrco English, and Yvette Jordan, LaToshia Malone, and Christine Cave.
Dorothy Taylor of Christ Temple Church, accompanied by a group of youth, spoke to the audience about the youth workshop which convened Monday morning.
“At the workshop we talked about advancing the dream, and encouraged them to go forward, move on, press forward. So whatever your dreams are from age three to 93, you still can keep moving forward. I can help somebody. I can mentor somebody,” Taylor said
Taylor asked the youth,”When we dream, how do we dream?” And they responded loudly together, “Big!”
Maxine Malone, the program coordinator, she has enjoyed working with the youth in performing arts for more than 30 years. Malone said she is also resurrecting her performing arts dance group called, Rhythm Arts and Drama which will be soon active.
For more information about Rhythm Arts and Drama visit the Facebook page of Maxine Malone.
Portia Williams can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 286, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.