About 150 community members gathered on Jan. 21, 2013 at Mt. San Jacinto College for the 7th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Unity Breakfast
The free event, sponsored and organized by the MSJC Diversity Committee, focused on the theme LOOKING BACK: THE EARLY LIFE AND NON-VIOLENT PHILOSOPHY OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. It was held at the San Jacinto Campus and featured Pastor Charles Hentley of The Reconciliation Christian Assembly and the church’s choir and band, a student art contest representing diversity and more. Presenters were Professor Abbie Perry and students with a look at the early life of MLK. Dale Garland, lead pastor at Hemet Valley Baptist Church, presented the Baptist Education of MLK. Professor Sylvester Scott discussed the philosophy and practice of non—violence.
MSJC board President Dorothy McGargill, trustees Ann Motte and Tom Ashley and Dr. Roger Schultz, MSJC superintendent/president, attended the celebration.
MSJC student Tommy McCardle won first place in the MLK student art contest for his piece titled “I See Diversity.” He received $200 to be used at the MSJC Bookstore for supplies and books.
Other students who won were: Aaron Taylor, 2nd place; Rebecca Delgado, 34d place; and Aidee Ogden, 4th place.
Breanha Martin and her friend Harmony Dersa, both 13-year-old Hemet residents, attended the celebration with Breanha’s grandmother Sheila Hillis of San Jacinto. Hillis said this was the sixth year she has come to the event with one or more of her grandchildren.
“We started coming because I thought it was a good event,” Hillis said. “It’s good for Breanha. It’s really important.”