We thank and congratulate the Rev. Sandra Whitley, pastor of the People’s A.M.E. Church, on organizing and leading the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration Breakfast that was held Monday at Chelsea High School.
Every year the Rev. Whitley steps up and coordinates this important and dignified tribute to Dr. King, one of the most influential and inspiring leaders in our nation’s history.
The People’s A.M.E. Church and community of Chelsea once again made sure that this event would give recognition to Dr. King on the holiday that is celebrated nationally in his memory.
The Rev. Whitley reaches out to our School Department, led by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mary Bourque, to make sure that they are involved in this memorable event. CHS Principal Joseph Mullaney was also present for the breakfast program.
We congratulate the winners of the student essay contest and pay special recognition to the recipients of the Spirit Awards, Susan Clark, Henry David Wilson, and Shirley Thompson.
New state Public Safety Secretary Andrea Cabral, the former sheriff of Suffolk County, delivered a powerful address that told of Dr. King’s message of courage, kindness, and hope.
Community leader Deborah Washington, a wonderful young lady who was so widely regarded by her Chelsea High classmates and remains a shining example in our city, had a role as the presenter of the Young Adult Dreamers and Achievers Award to Michael Mason and Kendra Sanon.
How fitting that the Rev. Whitley received an appreciation gift for her efforts in organizing this tremendous event in Dr. King’s honor. For she is a true community leader and inspiring member of our local clergy.