MLK Day essays call for lifestyle change in pursuit of unity

Author: Tammy L. Lane • First Posted: Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Zoe Jenkins of Winburn Middle School earned top honors in the 2017 Unity Breakfast essay contest, whose theme was “Unity: Make it your lifestyle.” Zoe, who received the $500 first prize for her efforts, also read her entry aloud during the Jan. 16 event honoring the life and work of the late Martin Luther King Jr. The runner-up was Rose McClanahan of Morton with a $300 award, and Ellie Adams of SCAPA at Bluegrass took home third place and $100.

More than 250 students entered the contest, which correlates with language arts and social studies content. The competition, which is open to all Fayette County middle school students, is sponsored by the Alpha Beta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity’s Education Foundation. For questions, email Kenneth Jones, director of educational activities.

Organizers of the 23rd annual Unity Breakfast, held in Heritage Hall West at the Lexington Center, also invited William Wells Brown Elementary students Brooklyn Beatty, Asiana Hall, Kapris Huggins, Savyion Huggins, Jonathan Jones, and Jaqueline Mondono to help with the candle-lighting ceremony. The keynote speakers focused on the areas of humanitarianism, spirituality, education, and civil rights.

The event is sponsored by the Alpha Beta Lambda Chapter of King’s fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha. Proceeds support the chapter’s community outreach programs and provide academic scholarships. For questions, email treasurer Lee Jackson.

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