January 19, 2010
Large audience turns out for Celebration of Unity
Close to 400 people attended the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
of Unity event held Sunday in Cowley College’s Robert Brown Theatre.
The event was a time for sharing and celebrating diversity within the
Keynote speaker Reuben Eckels’ yes-we-can message urged the crowd to continue America's struggle toward progress and equality, and to accept differences without being disagreeable.
Webelos of Pack 328 helped with the flag presentation, while Cowley College choir student, Bryce Sund, sang the national anthem.
Charles and Delphia Jennings provided prayer and songs; Mayor Jay Warren and Human Relations Commission Chairman Robert Munoz provided welcoming comments; and choir students from Jefferson and Roosevelt Elementary schools performed under the direction of Tamen Ice. Nancy Ice led the Arkansas City Middle School girls choir and Magic Voices in different song selections.
Cowley College dance instructor Jennifer Blatchford had students in her Arkansas City Dance studio perform a tap dance routine.
Toward the end of the event, Cowley College Board of Trustee member, Donna Avery, presented the second annual Joe B. Avery Community Spirit Award to Dr. Nick Rogers. The award, named after Avery’s husband, is presented to a community member who has contributed to promoting positive relations and goodwill among the citizens of Arkansas City.
The Soroptimist Club helped with the reception that was held after the event, which was put on by the Human Relations commission of Arkansas City. Tammy Lanman-Henderson also served as event coordinator.