King Virtual Breakfast Program-The Orlando Times
Dr. King Commemoration Committee Sponsors 2022 Virtual Breakfast Program
BY LOUIS C. WARD
LAKE COUNTY - With a keynote speech about activism, a presentation of community service awards and motivated spiritual renditions of the Star Bangled Banner and The Negro National Anthem, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Committee of Lake and Sumter Counties’(MLKCC) 2022 virtual CommUnity Breakfast Celebration was inspiring, entertaining and successful.
Due to the omicron virus and concern for the safety of the MLKCC and the Lake and Sumter Communities, the annual event, which recognizes the legacy and contributions made by the great civil rights leader Dr. Martin L. King, Jr., was held in a virtual format and social distancing was observed. Only MLKCC members, program participants and awardees attended.
“Standing United in Times of Change, Challenge and Controversy” was the theme of the MLKCC program coordinated by the MLKCC Breakfast Committee chaired by Lillian Lockette and held Friday morning, January 14, 2022 at Venetian Garden Center at One Dozier Circle in Leesburg, Florida.
“Standing united in times of change, challenge and controversy is all about what we do with our God given talents, wealth, knowledge, time, thoughts, and sweat equity for the benefit of others,” keynote speaker Arthua Mae Hazelton inspiringly told the small audience in her speech about activism, titled “To Whom Much Is Given, Much Is Required.”
“An activist is a person who works to change a community, aiming to make it a better place for everyone… Most community activism is brought about by ordinary people. You.Me. Us. All of us should wear the mantle of activism proudly… be voices for change…step us to the challenge and refuse to be bowed low or intimidated by the threat of controversy,” continued Ms. Hazelton. “Community activism grows out of the desire to change existing social, educational, political, or environmental conditions. I did not choose to be an activist…Going back to not being involved in my community is just not an option for me. Standing still is not enough for me. We live in an age where change is not only constant but it seems like challenge is always at our doorstep…controversy as close as the evening news.”
Greetings were presented by Diane Kornegay, Superintendent of Lake County Schools, Mike Pederson, Mayor of Leesburg, Sean Parks, Lake County Commissioner, and Dr. Stanley M. Sidor, President of Lake and Sumter State College, who provided three $500.00 scholarships for students to attend LSSC next semester. Proclamations were presented to the MLKCC from the Leesburg City and Lake County Commissions. Community Service awards were presented to Bryant Broadway, Cassandra Brown, John Christian, and Ken Thomas. Iona Bowers and Cheryl Gibson Conner, both MLKCC members, received Outstanding Service Awards.
Ms. Carolyn Samuel, President of the MLKCC, said, “The MLKCC Celebratory Breakfast Program was an outstanding tribute to Dr. King and his contributions to the world. The speaker, Ms. Arthua Mae Hazelton, was outstanding in her delivery about being of service to your community when needed."
"The Special Breakfast Committee along with the General Martin Luther King Commemoration Committee, the elected officials, the Lake County Sheriff Department, the Soloists Doug Major and Charlene Lacey, and the outstanding Breakfast prepared by Debra Davis Catering are all to be commended for the outstanding performances," concluded Ms. Samuel.
Linda Sheppard, well-known principal of Minneola High School, and Mistress Ceremony for the CommUnity Breakfast kept the program moving smoothly, not missing a beat.
I thought the CommUnity Breakfast was very well organized, very informative and very entertaining for having a virtual format, said John Christian, who received a community service award. “I look forward to the 2023 program, which I pray will be an in-person attending event. Our community missed not being able to actively participate in the program and continue to remember Dr. King and his legacy.”