Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Scholarship
Committee of Cleveland, Ohio is an independent,
tax-exempt, grass roots organization of volunteers
who live and work in the Greater Cleveland and communities
beyond Northeast Ohio .
mission of the MLK Holiday Scholarship Committee
is to encourage and to facilitate the celebration
of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,
to pass on his legacy to the next generation, to highlight
the creative genius of our youth, and to honor an
adult whose work in and commitment to the Greater
Cleveland Community brings us closer to Dr. King’s
ideal of “The Beloved Community”.
mission is implemented via the Community
Breakfast Celebration and student initiatives.
Members of the Greater Cleveland/Northeast Ohio Community
are invited to attend the Annual Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. Holiday Breakfast Celebration™, held
on the third Monday in January. The highlights of
the Breakfast are
presentation of the “MLK Holiday Scholars”
“In the Footsteps of Dr. King”™
“MLK Holiday Scholars” are students
in Grades 1-12 who entered the “Happy Birthday Dr.
King!”© Birthday Card Contest and won their grade
category. More than 12,000 students have participated
in this contest during the past seventeen years,
and have created birthday cards in honor of Dr. King.
the Breakfast, the MLK Scholars are presented to the
Community and awarded scholarships, trophies and other
prizes. The “In the Footsteps of Dr. King”™
honor is awarded to an adult whose life and work make
the Greater Cleveland Community a better place in which
to live and work. The Corporate and Business Communities
of Cleveland are invited to participate in the Breakfast
Celebration by serving as Corporate and Advertising
Partners of the MLK Committee.
from these donations are used to fund the MLK Scholarships
and make donations to community organizations. Recipients
of MLK Committee donations include
Sickle Cell Anemia Association
Barbara Byrd-Bennett Foundation for Cleveland's Children
Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland
First Tee of Cleveland
Inn Settlement, Inc.
of the Cleveland Library
Hampton School of Business
Katrina Relief Funds
Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social
Change, in Atlanta, Georgia,
J. Harper Leadership Academy
Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund
Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial
YWCA of Cleveland/Teen Services
on Committee recommendation, donations are given to
organizations that work to improve the quality of life,
especially for children.
Past Keynote Speakers of the Annual Breakfast include:
Johnson - Linebacker, Cleveland Browns.
Marvin A. McMickle, Pastor
of Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio
Julian M. Earls, Director of NASA Glenn Research
Center in Cleveland, Ohio
Barbara Byrd-Bennett, Chief Executive Officer of
the Cleveland (Ohio) Municipal School District
Rev. Edward P. Harding, Jr., Pastor of Prince George’s
Community Presbyterian Church in Springdale, MD
Otis Moss III, Pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church
in Augusta, Georgia
William E. Flippin Sr., Pastor of The Greater Piney
Grove Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA
Ms. Danita Harris, Anchor, NewsChannel 5/ABC –
The theme of the MLK Committee is “Celebrating the life,
work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”™