14th Street has a dream, one to help every child in Scioto County.
Saturday began a yearly tradition of empowerment. The 14th Street Community Center held their breakfast gathering to signify their annual Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.
The event room was packed, each and every table was filled. Food was served to the masses and spirits were high with those attending and orchestrating the event.
Officials such as Judge Mark Kuhn, prosecutor Shane Tieman and Captain John Murphy were in attendance mingling with the community.
“Help the youth,” Maureen Cadogan would previously tell the Daily Times.
One of the most impactful things they do for the community is to provide scholarships to students. This year four more students were awarded scholarships for winning essays.
Senator Terry Johnson helped introduce the winners of this year’s contest. All four winners were from Portsmouth High school, and they are; Sarah Lemaster, Jaylin Pearsall, Kathryn Davis and Kaiden Rickett.
The four winners were followed by a dance performance and silent recital from young local dancers.
The breakfast would conclude and lead into other activities such as the silent march Sunday. Before that, a former recipient and local author would speak to the hall.
Malika Dickerson, a children’s book author and editor, now residing in Columbus, would give a speech about her experience with civil rights. She would speak of herself as a child in the 90s and how the people looked at her in Portsmouth.
She referenced a moment in school where she cited, “I could audibly hear all those kids turn and look at me.” They were discussing slavery in history class.
Her speech moved those in the audience as her words crescendoed. At the apex of her closing statements, people were shouting in support of every word.
Dickerson would conclude her speech that roused the room with a quote on moving forward and doing what is right.
“Now is our time to take a stand.”
Once her speech was finished she would retire with a standing ovation.
even on a cold and blustery Sunday, members of the community and public officials marched down the streets of Portsmouth in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.
Reach Bailey Watts (740) 353-3101 Ext 1931
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