Six local residents and civic leaders who best emulate the spirit of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will receive awards Jan. 20 at the 33rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast at Anne Arundel Community College.
Tickets are still available to this year’s event that focuses on “The Role of Women in the Civil Rights Movement,” and features Rep. Donna F. Edwards, D-4th, as the keynote speaker. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast served at 8 a.m. in the David S. Jenkins Gymnasium on the AACC Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway.
This year’s award recipients include:
• The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Zeitgeist Award, from the AACC Black Student Union, is presented to an individual at the college or in the community who has helped the institution in achieving its equal opportunity and affirmative action goals. This year’s recipient, Commander Reynaldo A. Evangelista, is an associate professor in AACC’s Homeland Security and Criminal Justice department, teaching mainly in the college’s Police Academy program. As a former member of the Baltimore Police Department, he received a bronze star for apprehending a suspect during a robbery, a life-saving medal for helping a victim after a car accident and many letters of commendation for outstanding policing skills.
• The George H. Phelps Jr. Distinguished Citizen Award was established by the Anne Arundel County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and recognizes an individual or organization for outstanding achievement and contribution to county residents, with emphasis on commitment in the field of human rights, justice and equality for all people. The award winner is Rosalind Hill-Kane, a licensed social worker with the Department of Human Resources who has worked with Consolidated Family Services, the Treatment Foster Care Program and Emergency Services to Adults and Families.
Other recipients are County Councilman G. James “Jamie” Benoit Jr., Lisa Vernon, director of the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council, Dr. Melvin D. Howard, a veterinarian who works with Animal Control’s Rabies Clinic and various other commissions; and Dr. John D. Watts, founder, and senior pastor of Kingdom Life Church in Brooklyn Park.
Participants are asked to donate a nonperishable food item as part of a food drive sponsored by breakfast co-sponsors, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, for neighbors in need.
Please reserve tickets or RSVP by Jan. 10, 2014. Breakfast proceeds support scholarships and help maintain Maryland’s only memorial to Dr. King, which is located on AACC’s Arnold campus.
For tickets or information, contact Eugene Peterson at 301-538-0887 or Erica Matthews at 443-761-9734.