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Martin Luther King Jr., was an American clergyman, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. His non-violence approach, in order to gain freedom and equality in the segregated southern states, made him not only a symbolic leader, but also a world figure. His powerful speeches and legendary marches gave those oppressed a feeling of hope that “someday we will make it to the mountain top.”
In 2009, to continue Dr. King’s legacy of service and servicing, Marvin Anderson, along with Insight Business Group, LLC, birthed the MLK/Inaugural Celebration. This event celebrated the historical election of The United States 44th President, President Barack Obama & Dr. King’s leadership and his creation of the movement that fought for racial equality. Since its inception, the MLK/Inaugural celebration gave purpose and hope within the community to promote positivity and professionalism, while honoring individuals who are leading their communities and living out Dr. King’s dream of equality and unity. In 2014, Insight Business Group, LLC has partnered with PullCorp Media Group to not only further publicize this event, but to create a brand that will make this celebration a national event. Last night, I had the pleasure to speak with both Marvin Anderson and Dr. Pullum regarding this event and the energy on this call was amazing.
Marvin Anderson, who is the Founder of the MLK/Inaugural Celebration, stated that this event started as a grassroots event to celebrate the works of Dr. King and the election of America’s 1st African American President. He states that, “Creating an event that displays positive leadership and imagery within our community instead of the negative mishaps that are spotlighted throughout the media, is our mission. We believe that as we acknowledge our leadership, it will help motivate them to continue to provide excellence in service to the people they serve. In addition, honoring these leaders on a platform together will call forth greater synergy and ultimately bring individuals together that would normally wouldn’t cross paths within their prospective fields, whereby promoting and producing community partnerships.” This vision is the same vision that Dr. King embraced while marching arm in arm with brothers and sisters from all walks of life, being unified for not only the betterment of their community, but for life within this country. Because of the growth and the desire to honor individuals who uphold the principles of Dr. King, the event was re-structured into “The Baton Rouge MLK Leadership Awards 2014 ~ Celebrating Excellence in Leadership”. On January 20, 2014, at the Baton Rouge Marriott, The 2014 Baton Rouge MLK Award recipients will be:
Arts and Culture Award - Greg Williams, Jr. – BREC Theatre Manager/Founding Artistic Director of New Venture Theatre
Community Activism Award - Wendell James – Metro Health HIV/AIDS Educator/Counselor
Education Award - Dr. Bernard Taylor, Jr. – East Baton Rouge Parish School Board Superintendent
Entrepreneur Award - Jason Gardner – Owner Vivid Images Graphics and Printing
Leadership Award - Michael W. McClanahan – Baton Rouge NAACP President
Mentorship Award - John G. Daniel – Executive Director of Girls Hope and Boys Hope
Service Award - Keith Richard – Pastor of The Elevate Church
Visionary Award - Jarvis Brown – CEO/Executive
The Coretta Scott King Heroine Award - Tonya G. Robertson – Executive Director of The Young Leaders Academy
And to top off the evening of honorees, Mr. Anderson and his committee will make a special presentation to the family of Reverend Theodore Judson Jemison for his work and leadership during the Civil Rights Movement. Jemison helped lead the first civil rights boycott of segregated seating in public bus service in Baton Rouge, LA in 1953. His tactics were later used as the model in 1955-1956 by the Montgomery Bus Boycott in Alabama. Mr. Jemison was one of the founders of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957. With Mr. Jemison passing on November 15, 2013, Mr. Anderson felt it necessary to pay homage to his legacy and his service to help all mankind.
With this line-up of distinguished honorees and the remembrance of Mr. Jemison, I must say, January 20, 2014, Baton Rouge Marriott is the place to be. In addition to the award show, be prepared for an evening of excellence, professionalism, integrity, networking, and learning. Honorees will be able to share their platforms while everyone enjoys a plated dinner, live music, and red carpet entertainment. This element of the show will be coordinated by the Co-Chairperson & Media Relations Director, Dr. Pullum. When I asked Dr. Pullum why she choose this event to partner with, she indicated that, “this event gives PullCorp Media Group the opportunity and pleasure to give back to the community and acknowledge those who are making a difference in this country.”
After talking to this dynamic duo, I realized that this event is worthy to be praised and recognized. How many times do you turn on your television and see positive role models and individuals be recognized for the work they do selflessly in their community? How many stations show how Dr. King’s legacy and spirit is still alive though acts of kindness, advancement, and community growth?
On January 20, 2014, this gala will remind us why it’s important to celebrate Dr. King. From Dr. King to President Obama, we are a nation who is has overcome much strife and pain, but the joys of our movement provides the energy needed to entertain, motivate, and cultivate a person’s mind, spirit, heart, and character. “People from all walks of life and all states are coming together to connect for the good of what Dr. King stood for,” Mr. Anderson indicated.
You can catch the team live on “The Morning Show” on January 9th in Baton Rouge, Channel 2 WBRZ. If you would like to become a corporate partner and/or sponsor or to purchase your tickets, you can visit the website at: www.themlkawards.com.
To book an interview with Mr. Anderson or learn more about the The Baton Rouge MLK Leadership Awards, contact PullCorp Media Group at 225-366-7855
M. Anderson, Founder & Chairperson; Dr. T. Pullum, CO- Chairperson & Media Relations Director; A. Lewis, CFO; A. Smith-Perry, Host; T. Thomas, Executive Administrator; L. Williams, Executive Administrator