Every year African-American students in grades 7 through 12 who earn at least a 3.0 GPA for the first two reporting periods are acknowledged as “Dream Keepers.”
Usually this recognition occurs on the actual M.L. King Day in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights advocate who placed great emphasis on education. This year, because M.L. King Day coincides with the Presidential Inauguration Day, organizers decided to delay the program by one week to allow for locals from the Bradley County NAACP, the 100 Black Men of Bradley County Inc. organization, and Lee University, who are instrumental in planning the Dream Keeper Award Ceremony, to attend the Inaugural Ceremony in Washington.
The guest speaker is Areia Cobb, wife of former local high school football standout Kevin Cobb. Areia Cobb attained a bachelor of arts degree in mass media arts — radio/TV/film — from Morris Brown College in Atlanta. She is a published children’s book author and resides in Atlanta. She said she is “thrilled” about encouraging the students and parents at the Dream Keeper Award Ceremony. Her first book is titled “My Kind of Me.”
Students are asked to arrive no later than 3:45 p.m. Those being honored should have received a letter from their school guidance counselor. If there are concerns about students not receiving a letter, please contact your guidance counselor.
The Dream Keeper Award was established by the Bradley County Minister’s Fellowship many years ago and Rev. Aubrey Ector, the founding member, is still very active today.
The public is invited to celebrate the academic accomplishment of these students.
For more information about the Dream Keeper Award Ceremony, please contact RaSharon King at 987-3356.