The Woonsocket MLK Committee was excited to cordially invite NY Assemblyman, Michael Blake, as this year’s keynote speaker. On the second day of the MLK celebration, people on the planning committee and the Woonsocket community attended the 15th annual James W. Hinson Scholarship Banquet. The evening was meant to remember the honorable Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., enjoy a family-style dinner with invited guests, and most importantly recognize the purpose of the banquet.
Inspired by the astounding words of Michael Blake, we as people need to turn words into action and for the committee to award the scholarship to a deserving, young individual for a chance to make a difference. Blake’s personal journey from being homeless in Jamaica to working for the White House was spoken with honesty and triumph. His speech about how people should be “doers of words” left an imprint in our minds. The lesson here is that educators, mentors, and heroes need to make sure the next generation of scholars are understanding the concept of studying the words in the book and being proactive on making a change in the community. For a young individual who has a dream, just like Dr. Martin Luther King did, the scholarship enables him/her to share their voice by the practice of doing.