USNA Superintendent to speak at MLK Dinner

| December 31, 2014 | 1 Comment
Vice Admiral Walter Carter, Jr., Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy (keynote speaker) and Miriam Stanicic, Community Relations Director of the United States Naval Academy (Drum Major Award Winner) discuss how far the Naval Academy has come as a center of diversity since Wesley A. Brown, became the first African American to graduate from the Academy in 1949.  They are standing in front of a portrait of Brown in the field house named in his honor. The MLK Jr. Banquet will take place on January 16 in Glen Burnie. Photo credit:   Tyler Caswell

Vice Admiral Walter Carter, Jr., Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy (keynote speaker) and Miriam Stanicic, Community Relations Director of the United States Naval Academy (Drum Major Award Winner) discuss how far the Naval Academy has come as a center of diversity since Wesley A. Brown, became the first African American to graduate from the Academy in 1949. They are standing in front of a portrait of Brown in the field house named in his honor. The MLK Jr. Banquet will take place on January 16 in Glen Burnie.
Photo credit: Tyler Caswell

The 27th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Dinner will be convened Friday, January 16 at 6 pm. This, the largest celebration of Dr. King’s birthday in Anne Arundel County, will be held at La Fountaine Bleue in Glen Burnie. Vice Admiral Walter Carter, Jr., Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy, will be the keynote speaker. A graduate of the Navy Fighter Weapons School, Top Gun in 1985, Carter flew 125 combat missions. Among the 10 honorees is Reverend Dr. Carletta Allen, Pastor of the Asbury United Methodist Church of Annapolis, who is being recognized for her long history of protesting violations of workers’ rights and other civil rights causes – even enduring being handcuffed and arrested for her beliefs. Another is Miriam Stanici, Community Relations Director of the Naval Academy, who sparked  mids interest in tutoring youth from the Bloomsbury Square Public Housing Project. Another honoree is Dr. Larry W. Blum who has a long history of supporting local civil rights and diversity causes. Tickets and additional information at 410-760-4115 or www.facebook.com/mlkmd

Other individuals to be honored for their actions to help keep the legacy of Dr. King alive include: Alderwoman Rhonda Pindell Charles; Bishop Douglas Miles;  Carl Owens; Howard Zeiderman; Jeffrey S. Blum; Monzy Faulkner, Jr., and Ramocille Solenza Cooper Johnson.

The MLK Jr. Awards Dinner is presented by the Annapolis based Martin Luther King Jr. Committee, Inc. at La Fontaine Bleue, 7514 Richie Highway, Glen Burnie. This year’s dinner tickets are $60 ($65 after January 13). VIP tickets are $100 and include premium seating and a private reception before the dinner with hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. Entertainment will be provided by the Maryland Youth Symphony Orchestra, which will perform orchestral arrangements of musical compositions made famous by Ray Charles and James Brown. Tickets may be purchased by phone at 410-760-4115; by mail to MLK Jr. Committee, PO Box 371, Annapolis MD 21404.

Purchase tickets to the dinner before January 6 to receive 2 free tickets to an advance screening of the new MLK Jr. film Selma on January 6 at 7:30 pm in Baltimore.  Call 301-904-3690 to confirm receiving the passes.

In 1988, then Alderman Carl O. Snowden founded the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Dinner in Anne Arundel County. The dinner is designed to honor the legacy of Dr. King by honoring those who through their deeds, words and actions have helped to keep his legacy alive. With honorees from the county, remarks by recently installed County Executive Steve Schuh and an address by a highly decorated Naval officer, the banquet is a reflection on the best that Anne Arundel County has to offer.

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