The Impact on America of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. By Davis Mullins 5th Grade of Sutherland Elementary School. One of the Oratorical Finalist Presenting at the banquet
|"I have never been a victim of discrimination. But I am an American,
and Martin Luther King has had an impact on my life. I am living proof
that Dr. King had a big impact on America. I live in a country where the
Secretary of State is an African American woman. I go to school where
the Assistant Principal is an African American. My favorite restuarant
is owned by people from Thailand. Some of my favorite books were written
by Hispanic authors. An African American surgeon operated on me. Because
of Dr. King, my friends aren't just white, but they are also African American,
Hispanic, Korean, Chinese, and Middle Eastern.
I think this is what Dr. King hoped for what he said in his famous speech...[I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed.. We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal....I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.]"
Platinum Sponsors receiving their appreciation plaque
|Beverley Billiris, Mayor City of Tarpon Springs, flanked R-L by Isiah Montgomery CAP Board Member,David Archie, CAP Executive Director, Crispin Cole, Sr., CAP President, Eustice Cummings-John, CAP Treasurer
Missionary Baptist Church and friends.
|Citizens Alliance for Progress, Inc. (CAP) is a non-profit, community
based, multiracial, civic organization. CAP was founded in 1982, by a group
of concerned African American citizens living in the heart of Tarpon Springs,
Florida. CAP was organized for the sole purpose of acquiring and restoring
the previously abandoned Union Academy Elementary School, where many of
the residents within the community started their formal education. Union
Academy was not only a center for education, but was also the focal point
of activity, social events and community pride.
In 1986, CAP, along with help from Community Development of Pinellas County and support from the City of Tarpon Springs, was able to restore the once abandoned Union Academy School. Renovations to the school were completed in 1987 and it was reopened as the Union Academy Cultural Center. As of this year, the center is now known as the Union Academy Family Center. In addition, CAP was able to hire staff and develop programs, services and events for the community by successfully applying for and receiving grants from the Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County and local foundations.
for a job well done.