Monday, January 18, 2010

See... a little can go a long way...

26th Annual Dr. King Breakfast raises over $100,000 for Scholarship Fund

Washington, DC - Raising over $100,000 for the Joseph A. Beavers Scholarship Fund, this morning’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast, hosted by the United Planning Organization (UPO), was a congregation of community, government and business leaders. The power of education resonated throughout the entire program, with distinguished guests from the public and private sectors representing DC’s most underserved communities.

Keynote speaker Wade Henderson, CEO of the Leadership Council on Civil Rights, discussed the ongoing social and political progress that is lifting barriers and promoting opportunities throughout the U.S. The speaker also noted the great economic disparity between the black and white communities in Washington and its surrounding areas. “In the District’s black community, one third of all children live below the poverty line and the unemployment rate is at 25-year high. This is not an equal opportunity recession.”

The annual breakfast raises funds for the UPO/Joseph A. Beavers Scholarship Fund, which provides $10,000 scholarships to five deserving DC high school graduates and G.E.D. recipients.

Additional speakers participating in this morning’s breakfast were:

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Vincent Gray, Washington DC Council Chairman

Peggy Cooper Cafritz, cofounder of the Duke Ellington School for the Arts

Nizam Ali, son of Ben’s Chili Bowl founder, Ben Ali

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