Community members lauded at
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center ‘s
Keepers of the Dream and Annual Meeting celebration
More than 100 community members gathered at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center’s for the Keeper of the Dream and Annual Meeting celebration Thursday evening, January 26th.
President of the Board of Trustees Whitney C. Slade welcomed guests to the start of the Center’s 90th year and commended outgoing president Suzi Conklin Nance for her dedicated service. Executive Director Marilyn Warren delivered the Annual Report, describing the Center’s many accomplishments over the past year. Board Treasurer John L. Burke spoke of the Center’s move to fiscal health and Gail Lowney Alofsin, Chair of the Governance Committee, welcomed new board members David Howe ofJamestown, Wendy Kagan ofNewport and Erin Jantz of Middletown.
Keith W. Stokes, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, delivered the evening’s keynote address. Stokes spoke of the state of RI’s economy with a focus on urban community development. He challenged the audience to support the work of organizations like the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center whose strong education and entrepreneurial programs strengthen the community.
Later in the evening, the Center honored Keepers of the Dream Emlen and Liz Drayton ; Corporate Keeper of the Dream the Atlantic Beach Club and Pavilion; and Volunteers of the Year Bob and Liz Mastin, as those who best exemplify the ideals of Dr. King and the mission of the Center. The honorees were lauded for their passion for equality and justice, promotion of the Center and its work in the community, and a commitment to creating opportunities for those needing advocates.
Each honoree received special recognition from United States Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin. Honorees were presented with personalized lighthouse awards, custom-designed and created by Michael Richardson of Anchor Bend Glassworks.