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MLK Speaker, Hawkins, Speaks from the Heart

By Floyd Miller




Representative Barbara Gervin-Hawkins, speaker at the 27th annual Martin Luther King Banquet, spoke to approximately 400 individuals.

Her speech centered around one of Dr. King’s quotes, “Education without morals is like a ship without a compass”.

Hawkins spoke about mentoring and engaging young people. Hawkins who was widowed at a young age raised two sons who are successful. She said that she kept them engaged. She said that “We need to do more with and engage our young people”.

Hawkins said she was a C student in school which stood for “could be doing something else”. Despite not being a top student, Hawkins would go to college and earn advanced degrees and become a very successful business woman.

During the speech she recognized State Representative Stan Lambert. She said that they were from different parties but they had a friendship and had learned to work together.

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