Black History Celebration "I Have a Dream"

The Rotary Club of Thomasville celebrated its first Black History Month at its February 28th luncheon with a rendition of Martin Luther King, Jr's "I Had A Dream" speech. It was delivered by Stephon Ferguson with such soul stirring accuracy that if you closed your eyes you thought Dr. King was on the stage. After he concluded his speech,133 persons in attendance gave Mr. Ferguson a standing ovation.

Nine Local Citizen were identified as individuals of influence and integrity. These individuals, from varied backgrounds, have made a difference in Thomas County every day.

The list of Honorees included a retired educator, President of the Association of Retired Educators, a practicing Nephrologist, a noted vocalist and Pastor, a Technical Instructor from Southern Regional Technical College, (recipient of the Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction), Thomasville’s first Human Resource Director and Senior Assistant City Manager, an Early Childhood Development Professional who owns and operates her own Childcare and Learning center, the Treasurer of the Archbold Hospital, and the first African American selected as president of Thomas County Georgia’s Board of Realtors.

District 6900 Governor, Court Dowis, presented the awards to each recipient and recognized the club president, Andre Marria, for being the first African American president of the Thomasville Rotary Club.

Mr. Ferguson visited Thomas County Central High School, Brookwood School, Thomasville High School and Bishop Hall, presenting the “I Had a Dream speech and taking questions from 500 students he encountered throughout Thomas County.


Partner Involvement
Thomas County Central High School, Thomasville High School, Bishop Hall Charter School, Brookwood High School

Attachments

Award Winners

African American Commnity Leaders Recognized

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Award Winners.jpg

DG Dowis

DG Dowis presents plaques to award winners and introduces Martin Luther King, Jr.

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DG Dowis.jpg

Stephon Furguson

Stephon is Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Stephon Ferguson.jpg

Brookwood Students

Sudents Hear "I Have a Dream Speech"

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Brookwod Students.jpg

High School Students

Students hear the "I Have a Dream" Speech

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MLK and students.jpg

Singers

Resistance Songs of the 60's sung

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Singers.jpg

WALB Report Summary

WALB TV covers the event

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WALB Broadcast.pdf

Thomasville Times Enterprise Story

TTE reports of the event in the March 2nd Edition

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TTE Article on MLK, Jr. Event.pdf