Capturing King’s spirit, local leaders honored for service

Published 5:12 pm Tuesday, January 17, 2023

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As the nation celebrated the works and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Monday, a local foundation captured that spirit as it honored local residents and raised money for scholarships.

With the theme of “What’s in your life’s blueprint,” the S. Delois Mayes Scholarship Foundation held its ninth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service brunch Monday, Jan. 16 at the River Stone Chophouse, 8032 Harbour View Blvd.

With 105 people attending, Community Advocate Jan Wynn House, Community Activist Brandon Randleman and Professional School Counselor Sabrina Turner were each honored with Community Leadership Awards for their service. Among those attending the event were Commonwealth Attorney Narendra Pleas, Chief of Police Al Chandler, City Council Member Leroy Bennett, Retired DOD Senior Executive Anthony R. Carr and S. Delois Mayes Scholarship Foundation President and Founder Ebony Wright.

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“I’m glad that we met in person this year to honor the legacy of Dr. King, recognize leaders in the community, and raise scholarship funds,” Wright expressed following the event.

She said the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is a day to bring meaningful change in our community.

“Each year we strive to strengthen our community and bridge barriers by providing an opportunity for students in Suffolk Public Schools to earn an education,” she said. “Dr. King left us a blueprint on what community should look like, and we are honored to do our part.”