MLK events a success

The weekend activities in Portsmouth, honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., are being termed a success by the organizers. The activities were kicked off with the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. scholarship breakfast, Saturday morning at the SOMC Friends Center.

“We had approximately 250 that attended this year,” Christine Cave, secretary of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Committee, said. “It was attended very well.”

The speaker for the event was Judge Terri B. Jamison. Jamison is a Judge in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Domestic Relations Division – Juvenile Branch. Prior to being elected judge, she owned and managed Jamison Law Offices Co. L.P.A. Her practice focused in the areas of Criminal, Juvenile and Domestic Relations at the trial and appellate level.

“She did an excellent job on her speaking,” Cave said.

Scholarships were awarded to Portsmouth High School students, Ryan Campbell, Miana Lard and Ty Oliver. In addition, Aaron Blazer of Notre Dame High School received a scholarship.

“They are each awarded a $2,000 scholarship,” Cave said. ‘In the fall before they get ready to go to school, we actually send the money to their college.”

One of the events over the weekend was the Martin Luther King, Jr. March, which began in the east parking lot at Shawnee State University and finished at Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

“It looked like we had more of a turnout this year,” Cave said. “There were a lot more young people that participated this year.”

On Monday a workshop and a winter picnic were held at the 14th Street Community Center in Portsmouth.

“Tonight (Monday) will conclude with a performing arts program at the 14th Street Community Center,” Cave said. ‘The (scholarship) recipients will also read their essays.”