10 residents to be honored at annual King dinnerA...

News Digest

December 27, 1998

10 residents to be honored at annual King dinner

A community activist from Severn and the pastor of Second Baptist Church in Annapolis are among 10 county residents selected to receive the 1999 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major Awards and the Morris H. Blum Humanitarian Award.

The presentations are to be made Jan. 15 at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. awards dinner at the Annapolis Marriott Waterfront, 80 Compromise St., Annapolis, according to Carl O. Snowden, chairman of the dinner. The dinner begins at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.

The awards are given to people who have worked to keep King's dream alive through their words and deeds, Snowden said.

The keynote speaker is the Rev. Frank Madison Reid III, pastor of Bethel AME Church in Baltimore.

Those receiving the drum major awards are: Gloria Criss, a community activist in Severn; the Rev. Willie Mason, pastor of Second Baptist Church in Annapolis; entrepreneurs Larry and Harry Reese; Rachel Brown, a retired educator; the Rev. Richard Johnson III, pastor of First Christian Community Church, Annapolis; Jackie Allsup, a former member of the Annapolis Human Relations Commission; and Sylvia Tilghman, a Severn community activist. The NAACP will name its award recipient.

The Rev. Leroy Bowman, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Annapolis for more than five decades, will receive the Morris H. Blum Humanitarian Award.

Tickets for the dinner are $25 in advance and $35 at the door. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Ticket purchasers should make checks payable to and send them to: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Dinner Awards Committee, P.O. Box 371, Annapolis 21404.

Information: 410-267-7723.

Pub Date: 12/27/98

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