Saturday, January 12, 2008

Greg and Cheryl to be Honored with the "Keep the Dream Alive" Award

Greg and I were selected to receive the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. "Keeping the Dream Alive" award. I believe our nomination came from a member of the Cibola Football/Basketball/Track teams (Brandon Simpson) but am not positive. We consider it an honor and appreciate those who thought us worthy of such an award.

Here's a blurb from today's paper about the upcoming event...

Events To Celebrate Life of Dr. King

Journal Staff Writer

New Mexicans will march on Sunday to begin an annual celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who relied on nonviolent public demonstrations as a vehicle for change.

King used courage and eloquence to change America for the better, said New Mexico Court of Appeals Judge Jonathan B. Sutin, who was a civil rights lawyer in the U.S. Department of Justice from 1963 to 1965.

“His role was to bring to the attention of the country what I consider to be a malignant sore that lingered in this country, totally aimed at African-Americans,” Sutin said.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is officially celebrated on Jan. 21. That day, Sutin will deliver the keynote address at the 18th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Multicultural Celebration scheduled at 1 p.m. at Congregation Albert, 3800 Louisiana NE.

These New Mexicans will receive “Keep the Dream Alive” awards at that celebration:

J. Harold Washington A lifelong student and teacher, Washington has held a variety of posts at Central New Mexico Community College. He works as a volunteer at the University of New Mexico Hospital.

Dr. Greg Jorgensen and Cheryl Jorgensen Cheryl Jorgensen belongs to the “Bubblegum Brigade,” which distributes facts about school bond issues and the needs of teachers and students. Dr. Jorgensen, an orthodontist, provides free care for low-income patients. Both Jorgensens also are involved in other volunteer activities.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of King’s April 4, 1968, assassination at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn., where he had been supporting striking sanitation workers.

“The parade is an opportunity for people of all races, nationalities and religions to commemorate Dr. King,” said Tatia Jones, administrative assistant of the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission.

King events

2 p.m. Sunday — Martin Luther King Jr. annual march and parade. It begins at 2 p.m. at University and Martin Luther King Jr. and will head west to Civic Plaza for speeches, music and other events.

1-3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21 — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. multicultural celebration at Congregation Albert, 3800 Louisiana NE. The event will feature a keynote address, “Keeping the Dream Alive,” by New Mexico Court of Appeals Chief Judge Jonathan B. Sutin, the presentation of 19 scholarships to high school seniors and 2008 “Keep the Dream Alive” award presentations.

1 comment:

Monkey Pants said...

Congrats on the award!