About 600 people took part yesterday in an annual breakfast tribute to the life and legacy of slain civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. that raised more than $5,000 for Morgan State University scholarships.
Dr. Benjamin L. Carson, a Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon and author of a recent autobiography, "Gifted Hands," was keynote speaker at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast held at the Forum catering hall in Northwest Baltimore.
The breakfast is the largest fund-raiser held each year by the Howard L. Cornish Metropolitan Baltimore Chapter of the Morgan State University Alumni Association.
Mr. Cornish, a minister for whom the alumni association chapter is named, taught math at the university and was director of Morgan's Christian Center from 1944 to 1976. He died in 1978.
The alumni were presented at the breakfast with their annual awards in the name of Mr. Cornish. Honored were:
* Dr. Francis W. Gates, retiring chairman of the university Board of Regents, who received the Cornish Appreciation Award.
* Dr. Sandye J. McIntyre II, who retired last year as chairman of Morgan's foreign languages department. He received the Cornish Humanitarian Award for contributions to better the lives and educational pursuits of others -- in particular through his work directing the Fulbright scholarship program on the campus.
* Union Baptist Church, which received the Cornish Community Service Award for a community-outreach program. The church, in the 1200 block of Druid Hill Avenue, was cited for its coffeehouse ministry, which provides services to the elderly in the nearby community.
* Oscar E. "Gus" Shorter, who received posthumously the Cornish Distinguished Service Award for his efforts on behalf of the alumni organization. Mr. Shorter, who died last year, was formerly the chapter treasurer.