MLK Banquet Speaker Praises Event

MLK Banquet Speaker Praises Event

Henry O. Adkins, from Plano, the keynote speaker for the annual Abilene Black Chamber of Commerce Banquet, states, that this was the highlight of his year thus far. He further states that to start the year off on such a high note means that there is nothing but good things expected for the rest of the year. The program began with an introduction of what to expect, for the night, from the Mistress of Ceremonies the Reverent Felicia Hopkins, who kept the program moving by using humor and well placed serious thought. She was excellent! {{more}}The entertainment for the night was presented by Ms. Shalesia Brown, an Opera singer who is a graduate of Abilene Christian University and the Minda Street Church of Christ Chorus. Both were outstanding and had the crowd, of almost 500, enthusiastically on their feet, clapping and shouting, Bravo! It was a very spirited crowd. Dinner music was provided by Musician Johnny L. Woodfaulk whose smooth selection of songs and his light touch on the piano was perfect for the occasion. The theme of the event was “Recognizing Our Greatness”, which was perfect for Adkins whose subject was “Step up and into your Greatness”. He spoke of his early years in the movement for Civil and Equal Rights in Terrell Texas where he grew up and Arlington State College where he enrolled to help integrate the school in 1963. He stated that he spent three years and three summers completing a two year program of music, but he did it. He believes that the sacrifices he and others made paved the way for the students at UTA that came later. Not just the African-American student but rather all students. He also stated that the Movement for Civil and Equal Rights has not ended and will never end until all injustice, toward all people, has ceased. The event was a tremendous success. To learn more about Mr. Adkins’ experiences in the Movement order his book, “Life Lessons” at amazon.com.