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U.S. Senate Chaplain to Speak at MLK Community Leaders' Breakfast Jan. 18

Retired Rear Adm. Barry C. Black, chaplain of the U.S. Senate, will serve as keynote speaker for the Urban League of Hampton Roads' Martin Luther King Jr. Community Leaders' Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 18, at Old Dominion University's Ted Constant Convocation Center.

With the theme "Hope, Peace and Inspiration: A Blueprint for Change," the breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m.; doors will open at 6:30 a.m.

Hosted by ODU and co-sponsored by Norfolk State University and Tidewater Community College, the annual program honors the legacy of King and recognizes local leaders who are fulfilling his dream through their contributions in the areas of community service, workforce development, education and health.

"The MLK breakfast has proven to be a success in the Hampton Roads area time and time again. People are interested in stepping up in the community and becoming leaders to better their environment. And the Urban League is interested in encouraging others to become leaders, because without leaders, we have no direction," said Urban League President Edith White.

During the program, the 2010 Martin Luther King Jr. Award will be presented to:

• Virginia Beach City Public Schools' Candid Conversations About Race Team, for its efforts to close the racial achievement gap among African American males;

• George Crawley, for his service on numerous community boards and committees and his leadership as president of the Hampton Roads Committee of 200+ Men;

• Pastor Raymond Johnson, for his commitment to the numerous programs to benefit youth, families and the homeless in the city of Newport News; and

• Kenneth Newman, for his many years of devotion as a Metro Machine Corp. representative and community advocate in promoting educational programs for Norfolk Public Schools.

Since it was established in 1984, the MLK Community Leaders' Breakfast has grown in size; more than 600 people attended the 2009 event. Tickets are $30 per person and sponsored tables are available with contributions of $500 to $2,000.

To become a sponsor, purchase tickets or obtain additional information, call the Urban League office at 627-0864.

This article was posted on: January 12, 2010

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