Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Luncheon
Woburn residents and members of St. John’s Baptist Church enjoyed an inspirational Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Luncheon Monday at the Hilton Hotel. Rev. Pearson of St. John’s opened by emphasizing the importance of cultivating a diverse network of friends as a first step to honoring Dr. King’s legacy. Woburn Mayor Scott Galvin and Superintendent Mark Donovan were among the Woburn officials on hand to honor Dr. King’s legacy and the award recipients. Elaine Dougherty received a Community Drum Major Award to recognize her work with the YMCA International Learning Center in Woburn. MLK scholarships were presented to four graduating seniors.
Keynote speaker and Drum Major Award recipient Thomas A. Farrington shared his civil rights movement experiences, including working to integrate facilities in Greensboro, North Carolina. He also spoke of how his experiences led him to found the national organization, the Prostate Health Education Network. Both of these stories exemplified the luncheon theme described in the Dr. King quote “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Guests joked that the compelling solo rendition of “When the Saints Come Marching In” may have been in part to support one of the four remaining teams vying for the Super Bowl!
The Luncheon was once again organized by St. John’s Baptist Church in collaboration with SCI and the City of Woburn. Ron Walker served as the event chair and Master of Ceremonies.