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MLK Awards on Monday Jan. 16, Everyone Welcome!

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Cordell Jackson, Associate Minister at East Caney Baptist Church, subbed on Friday’s interview for Dr. M. Lavelle Hendricks, organizer of the annual MLK Awards and celebration. Cordell is a member of the MLK Selection Committee for the 26th annual awards ceremony. Over 100 individuals will be recognized for personal achievement, spiritual excellence and community involvement. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Ray Keck, President of Texas A and M-Commerce.

Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”    It gives me great pleasure to inform you that you have been selected as a recipient for an award during the 2017 The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Awards Celebration. (Monday, January 16, 2017) Morning Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 208 Fuller St., Sulphur Springs, TX,  7:00 PM.  This award is given to those who demonstrate Dr. King’s legacy of raising public consciousness to social justices, securing progress on civil rights, and loving and serving humanity.  This award commemorates your voice on social issues, outstanding achievements, personal standard of spiritual excellence, and community involvement.  Like Dr. King, you seek justice and total equality for everyone.

Spiritual                                                          Fergus Jacobs

Freedom Award                                               Bo Jackson

Spirit of Loyalty                                              Debra Berry

Spirit of Dependability                                  Terry Wright and Tommy Long

Social Change                                                 Demetria Robinson

Mother of the Year                                         Joann  Kelly-Hunter

Father of the Year                                           Clyde DeBase

Legacy of King                                               Lewis C. Hawkins

Spirit of Service                                             Yvonne Thornton

Spirit of Fellowship                                       Representative David Flynn


King’s Kids                                           Tammy Wright, Tiffany Spigner and Linda Johnson


Choice of Excellence: Clarine Moore  


Youth of the Year                                           Destiny Godbolt

Family of the Year                                         Kerry Roy

Music                                                              Andrea Franklin

Church of the Year                                         Olive Branch


Political Award:  Wade Bartley


Encouragement                                               Doris DeBase

Evangelism Award                                         Marcie Porter


Faithfulness: Jason Cunningham


MLK Media                                                    Dollie  Kelly

Commitment Award                                       Mynder L. Nash

Employer of The Year                                    Rodney Reese

Employees of the Year:                                  Debbie Jenkins, Jennifer Scroggins, Barbara Brown

Law Enforcement                                           John L. Robinson, Tarvaris Abron, Jay Sanders,

Lewis Tatum


Spirit of Dedication                                            Dewayne Harris

Pastor of the Year                                           De’Lante Jackson


achievement award: Louise Lee


Fraternity of the Year                                     Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Sorority of the Year                                       Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

MLK Man of the Year                                    Broderick Godbolt               

MLK Women of the Year                              Gyeula Watson, Mary U.  Ross,      and Willie Mae Harris



D.J. Godbolt, Daieyshia Pruit, Kiyonna  Redmond, D’Idrec Dugan, Shertta Hill, Imani Taylor,
Lawrence Worth, Vontese Johnson, Zakya Ivery, Allen Hall, Jr., Danielle Petty,  SaDavia Porter



Damian Allen, Brandon Bussey, Caleb Farris, Bruce McCoy, Nathan Philips, Robyn Carr,

Jasmine J. Minor and Monique Burkley


MLK TEACHERS OF THE YEAR                                                                                                    

Maci Newsome, Lisa Wilborn, Demetra Robinson, Mynder L. Kelly, Regina D. Vaughn, Cameron Warren, Greg Owen, Jeff Chapman, And Tony Henry


J.D. Franklin, Tommy Clayton, Billy Edwards, Gloria Franklin, Glenda  Brown, Chuck King

Dewayne McMeans and Callie J. Young


MLK Circle of Success

Nicole Johnson, Keiston Alexander,  Tyrone Ivery, Meioshi Nash, Ashanta Alexander, Jarred Jackson, Clevon Alexander, Tammy Alexander, Elvria Dial, Marlon Alexander, LaTosha Ivery, Vanessa Abron, Betty Thompson,


This event is free and open to the public.   We encourage you to bring your family, friends, and guests to this event.  Dr. Ray Keck, III – President and CEO of Texas A&M University – Commerce, will be the master of ceremony.

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Author: Enola Gay

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