More than 200 cel­e­brate Martin Luther King at Spady Mu­seum

South Florida Times - - METRO - Staff Report

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – This year, Dr. Martin Luther King’s birth­day landed on the day des­ig­nated to cel­e­brate the Civil Rights icon’s con­tri­bu­tion to so­ci­ety. On Jan. 15, more than 210 peo­ple sang, laughed and praised to­gether as part of the Spady Cul­tural Her­itage Mu­seum’s an­nual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. break­fast cel­e­bra­tion.

The mu­seum wel­comed county and city gov­ern­ment heads, civic and church lead­ers, as well as rep­re­sen­ta­tives from education, art & cul­ture and other non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions to cel­e­brate the life and legacy of Dr. King.

Singers Carla P. Clark and Donna Singer in­spired the au­di­ence with beau­ti­ful ren­di­tions of Ne­gro spir­i­tu­als, hymns, jazz and R&B. Words of in­spi­ra­tion were pro­vided by Chante­ria Hughes, an 11th grade stu­dent at Boca Ra­ton Com­mu­nity High School; and James Green re­minded ev­ery­one – through a hu­mor­ous, child­hood story – that each per­son has a re­spon­si­bil­ity to do the right thing.

A high­light of the morn­ing was the pre­sen­ta­tion of the first Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy award to Tavar­ius Jack­son and Ja­mael Ste­wart for their work de­vel­op­ing lo­cal youth via sports and education through their or­ga­ni­za­tion, Prep & Sports, a non­profit that pro­vides prac­ti­cal aca­demic sup­port, tu­tor­ing and skill build­ing, ath­letic men­tor­ships, train­ing and guid­ance. Prep & Sports has a 100 per­cent, on-time grad­u­a­tion rate and works with its stu­dents on aca­demics, as well as ath­leti­cism, so they are well rounded, pre­pared in­di­vid­u­als.

“They can al­ways take sports away from you, but your education, they can never take that away,” said Ste­wart.

The break­fast con­cluded with com­ments from Mayor Cary Glick­stein, who also read the city’s procla­ma­tion, nam­ing Jan­uary 15, 2018 as “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day” in Delray Beach.

2018 event spon­sors in­clude Ibe­ria Bank, PNC Bank, the West At­lantic Rede­vel­op­ment Coalition, City of Delray Beach, Delray Beach Com­mu­nity Rede­vel­op­ment Agency, State of Florida Di­vi­sion of Cul­tural Af­fairs, and the Florida Sugar Cane League.

The Spady Cul­tural Her­itage Mu­seum is the only mu­seum of its kind in Palm Beach County. Lo­cated at 170 NW Fifth Av­enue in Delray Beach, it is ded­i­cated to show­cas­ing the African-, Haitian- and Caribbean-Amer­i­can cul­tural con­tri­bu­tions to the artis­tic land­scape of Florida and the U.S. Hours: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Tues­day-Fri­day. Closed Sun­days and Mon­days; Satur­days by ap­point­ment. Ad­mis­sion: $10; Mem­bers are free. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 561-279-8883 or visit www.spady­mu­


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