Houston – The North Houston Frontiers Club honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with its Twentieth First Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast on Monday, January 19, 2009, at the George R. Brown Convention Center at 8:15 AM commemorating the late slain civil rights leader.
The North Houston Frontiers Club, Inc. is a non-profit, 501(c) (3), service organization dedicated to providing educational and charitable assistance to needy persons in the greater Houston area. Our membership is composed of 20 African-American men and women volunteers, no paid staff, who are determined to give something back to the community. Proceeds from the memorial breakfast support the North Houston Frontiers’ Minority Scholarship Program. Since its inception in 1988, the scholarship program has awarded over $900,000 in grants to deserving college bound minority high school seniors.
North Houston Frontiers Club mission is to help educate and motivate students to strive for excellence in all that they do. This fund-raising program is the only source of funding the club has to support the more than 40 students currently enrolled in colleges and universities around the country.
The keynote speaker for the 2009 program was the Grammy-nominated Hip Hop icon, philosopher and activist Lawrence Krisna Parker (KRS-One), who started the Stop The Violence Movement twenty years ago. Stop the Violence is a multi-dimensional and long-term movement that calls for the balancing of violent images in mass media. KRS-One re-launched the 20th anniversary of Stop The Violence Movement National Lecture and Performance Series here in Houston, starting with the MLK Memorial Breakfast, in commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and this year’s theme for the breakfast, “Years of Change.”
“It is very uplifting to see such an organization as The North Houston Frontiers, that for 21 years have supported and uplifted minds of the youth of the minority community. Both of our community initiatives can bring great change combined together,” states KRS-One.
Also at the special occasion, Je’Caryous Johnson, founder and CEO of I’m Ready Productions, was awarded as the Honorary Chair. Je’Caryous was honored as a past scholarship recipient who has been labeled by the entertainment industry as the youngest producer/playwright to garner national media attention and to be the first person to adapt an African-American romance novel into a stage play. This is a true example of how the hard efforts of The North Houston Frontiers Club have been able to make a difference in aspiring youth.
Each year, the North Houston Frontiers Club awards the 2009 Drum Major Award to an exceptional community leader. This year’s award was given to Captain Paul J. Mathews, Founder and Executive Director of the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum. Captain Matthews has been researching military history and collecting military artifacts and memorabilia for over 30 years prior to his founding of the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum. This is the only museum in the United States that chronicles the entire African American military experience from the Revolutionary War to the Persian Gulf War.
North Houston Frontiers thanks all supporters and sponsors of the event and ask that you continue to help in making the Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Breakfast a successful program.
Kroger Food Stores
Pictured (L-R): Seated – Bill Breetz, Kroger Southwest President; Billy Minter, Kroger Store Manager; Ricci Campbell, Kroger Store Manager; Jim Burns, Kroger Store Manger.
Standing – Roman Williams, Kroger Fuel Center Merchandiser; Jayne Homco, Vice President, Merchandising Southwest Division; Steve James, Market Place Merchandiser; Reggie Martin, Kroger District Manager Southwest Division; Michael Marx, Vice President Operations, Kroger Southwest Division; Lincoln Catchings, Kroger Store Manager; Paul Glenn, Southwest Division HR Manager.
Wells Fargo Bank
Pictured (L-R) seated: Michelle Thornhill (African American Marketing Manager), Cary Yates, LaShaun Coard, Glenn Godkin (Regional President), Mark Praigg, Ron Price
Standing (L-R): Viola Solomon, Daniel Contreras, Rosemarie Patterson, Ava Williams