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Chatter That Matters: January 31, 2013

caines | 1/31/2013, 10:30 a.m.

Congresswoman Frederick S. Wilson opened the 20th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast by reflecting on how she started out with 100 mentors and mentees when she was principal at Skyway Elementary School. She stated many of the boys went from jail to college, such as George Ray and John Battle with current positions in the work force. She continued by introducing toastmasters: Edward Harris, aide to Commissioner Xavier L. Suarez; G. Eric Knowles, sports management consultant and Asst. Chief Lenny Burgess, North Miami Police Department. Knowles brought on songstress Rochelle Lightfoot who sang the Star Spangled Banner, followed by Rev. Rudolph Daniels, Macedonia MBC giving the prayer. Others that followed included U.S. Senator Bill Nelson; Rep. Eddy Gonzalez; Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez; Mayor Tomas Regalado; former police director, Robert Parker; Comm. Michelle Spence-Jones; Dr. Wilbert T. Holloway and School Board Superintendent Alberto Carvalho. Knowles then asked Judges Jerald Bagley, Darrin Gayles, Wendall Graham, Rodney Smith, William Thomas and Daryl Trawick to robe up for the entrance of 131 Role Models as the Psi Phi Band played. Congresswoman Wilson took to the mic and gave a shout out to organizations such as Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Phi Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Omega Psi Phi, Zeta Phi Beta, Phi Beta Sigma, Sigma Gamma Rho, King of Clubs of Greater Miami, Red Hat Ladies, Masonic Groups, and 100 Black Men. More importantly, the dais was set for J. D. Patterson, acting police chief, to introduce keynote speaker and actor Malik Yoba. Yoba covered the room of 1,000 people by leaving the dais and mixing with the young men as he commended them and challenge them to follow in the footsteps of Dr. King and appreciate what Dr. Wilson is doing. Closing out the program was Willie Coleman accompanying William Alfred singing Never Would Have Made It, while rockets exploded from the dais closing out the program. Cuthbert Broadway Harewood, community activist, gadfly and business leader, was presented a proclamation from the School Board of Miami-Dade County on Jan. 16. He was recognized for serving local students, parents and families for more than 20 years; keeping the elevation of the community his number one priority through his real estate and entrepreneurial efforts; and honoring school crossing guards with his annual awards ceremony for their dedication, service and commitment. It was a birthday celebration for Dr. Richard J. Strachan who was born Jan. 21. The parties began Jan. 11 at the King Of Clubs Black & White Gala held at the Miami Shores Country Club and ended at Ebenezer UMC, where Minister T. Eileen Martin-Robinson dedicated the service to Strachan. Furthermore the MASK Dance Group and a full dining area of members sang Happy Birthday. Some of the attendees were: Pernella Burke, Hortence Collier, Richard B. Strachan, Rene Green, Carolyn Potter, Dr. Cedrita S. Reid, Denice March, Norma Sank, Tia Major, Gregory Robinson, Ellen Kindd, Dr. Joretha Capers, Elbert and Heddie Vereen, Calvin McCrea, Ernest Johnson, John Thomas, Jason Colebrook, Laurenee J. Nathan Rahming, Walter Johnson, Marquan Robinson, Moshone Robinson, Alton Jones, Martavious Robinson, Tim Strachan, Thomas Man, Joann and Terry Wilcox, Shirley Gross, Betty Bullard, Caroline Colbrook, Marva Hill, Learleane Rahming, Bertha Bullard, Shirley Jackson, Bertha Martin, Cynthia Lewis, Richelle A. Strachan, and V. Barr. Thanks for the gifts. By Dr. Richard Strachan