By Donna Summerall
The West Point Alumni Chapter is once again sponsoring the Martin Luther King Black Tie Banquet, at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the UFCW Union Hall. The event will have area youth entertaining with the West Point Junior Alumni singing a song and a group of young people presenting a creative dance routine. The banquet is more than a tribute to King, it is a fundraiser for scholarships to help graduating seniors with college expenses. Last yearâ€™s event brought in $6,000 for scholarships.
â€śThe purpose of the banquet is for the community to come together,â€ť said Bettye Swift, president of the West Point Alumni Chapter. â€śThis event opens the door for the MLK activities that take place Monday. The banquet brings about resources to generate funds for scholarships. We want to do everything possible to encourage our youth to pursue higher education.â€ť
Dr. Loucrecia Watson-Collins, is the keynote speaker for the West Point Alumni MLK Dinner.
The award-winning educator has a career which spans 30 years. During her tenure, she has been a teacher, elementary school principal, radio broadcaster, author and now serves as an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said Swift.
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