Meridian Community College observed the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday early since the campus will be closed Jan. 21.
The keynote speaker was Dr. RoSusan Bartee, the first African-American to receive tenure and promotion to full professor in the Department of Leadership and Counselor Education at the University of Mississippi. She says it's important to educate students about Dr. King's dream:
"Education is the gateway into being economically mobile and socially stable. And so, as many people we can get into the academic pipeline to be able to enjoy the American dream, the more, the better," said Bartee.
Two Martin Luther King, Jr., essay contest winners were announced. Jacen Little won first place. He's in 7th grade at Southeast Middle School. Second place went to Qualynn Desmond, also in the 7th grade at Southeast.
The MLK Scholarship recipients are Darrin Madison, Antonio Clayton and Deatra Triplett. Each receives a $750 scholarship to continue their studies at MCC.