What: Sarasota MLK Celebration Committee is celebrating the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin L. King Jr. during its annual memorial breakfast and community awards.
2017 Florida Principal of the Year Dr. Rachel Shelley, principal of Booker High School, is this year’s keynote speaker. A Riverview High School graduate, Dr. Shelley has dedicated more than 30 years of her life to ensuring each student achieves lifelong success. Her personal motto is “if you can’t find a way, make a way.”
The Sarasota MLK Celebration Committee is also honoring Sarasota community members that are making a positive difference in the lives of others. The honorees are Dr. LaShawn Frost, principal, Booker High School (education), Mr. Ron Turner, Supervisor of Elections, Sarasota County (community service), Suncoast Women of Action (community service), Progressive Sarasota (community service), Mr. Lem Andrews, College and Career Advisor, Booker High School (champion of youth), Ms. Betty Jean Johnson (Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Legacy Award), and Mr. Jakobie Green, junior student, Booker High School (youth emerging leader). Dr. Edward E. James II, former host of ABC 7’s Black Almanac, will be posthumously awarded the Library and Justice Award. Edward E. James III will accept this award on his father’s behalf.
Single tickets and group tickets are available for purchase on Eventbrite or by contacting Izetta Fields at (941) 356-3200 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Single tickets are $25 and a table for 8 guests is $200.
When: The media is invited to cover the Sarasota MLK Memorial Breakfast and Community Awards on Monday, January 20, 2020,7:30 am.
Where: Robert L. Taylor Community Complex,1845 31st Street, Sarasota, 34234.
Media Contact: Please contact Nicole Harris, (941) 726-0328, to schedule interviews or photographs with Jetson Grimes, president, Sarasota MLK Celebration Committee.
About: Founded in 1987, the Sarasota MLK Celebration Committee is dedicated to honoring the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Funds generated through its mission are allocated toward awarding scholarships to low-income minority students in pursuit of higher education. Currently, over 50 scholarships have been awarded.