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The Community Council For Medgar Evers College Annual Spring Scholarship and Leadership Awards Luncheon April 17, 2010

by Gloria Dulan-Wilson

What a whirlwind year 2010 has been so far. Time has moved so swiftly, we’re zapping through April on roller blades!! We’re just one week away from one of Brooklyn’s most spectacular and important community events: THE MEDGAR EVERS COMMUNITY COUNCIL’S ANNUAL SPRING AWARDS LUNCHEON, held at 1150 Carroll Street (bet. Nostrand and Bedford Aves.), from 12:00 to 4:00 pm. WOW!!!

This grass roots annual event raises scholarship funds for Medgar Evers Students, assisting them with financing their education, purchasing books, and any ancillary programs that will assist in their reaching their goals of attaining a higher education (meccommunitycouncil@yahoo.com). It’s people helping people. Families and educators and local community representatives and residents pitching in and pooling their time, talent and resources to put on this gala to show the youth in the community how much we care about them and their future.

Each year the event gets larger and larger, making it possible to help more and more Medgar Evers Students. While it would be wonderful to have Bill and Melinda Gates, or Warren Buffett or even the great Bill Cosby reach down in their considerably deep pockets and pull out the dollars that would help our students complete their education, there is still something gratifying and special about a community coming together and doing it for themselves.

MECCC welcomes the corporate sponsors, the deep pocket donations, but they also maintain a level of self sufficiency, is what the MECCC is about. They take a particular joy and pride in planning every detail of the event, because it’s not just about the event, it’s about the love they have for their community and these students. It’s what makes them come out to meetings in the rain; it’s what makes them do their own pick up and delivery of items; it’s what makes them do their set up of the luncheon the evening before. It’s the love and the dedication, and the determination to see that these students who have put their diligence and discipline into their work are not stymied by financial shortfalls. (By the way, don’t you love their poster/logo of the three women? I think they’d do well to have them emblazoned on tee shirts, cups, bags, wall hangings, and framed. They’d make a fortune!)

So can the community do any less? Consistently Brooklyn has shown up and participated in the Spring Awards Luncheon; and it is anticipated that this year will be as positive. For those of you who are new to the Luncheon Awards, be prepared for a treat. Be prepared to find out what community is all about. Be prepared to leave with a feeling that you have materially assisted a young man or woman complete a much needed education, which in turn blesses the community.

And just in case you’re wondering, when I say “community”, I’m not just referring to Brooklyn. I am also including Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, Staten Island — for the success of these students is important to us no matter where we reside.

For information and reservations for tickets, please call 718-270-5025 or order on line meccommunitycouncil@yahoo.com. Make sure you tell them that you read it on Gloria Dulan-Wilson’s Blog (and the buffalo bullet); and yes the tickets are tax deductible. If you want to include a blurb or a business card in their journal, make sure you indicate it at the time you call.

Honorees include the following:

Wendy McLean, Entrepreneur The Denim Lounge Business Leadership Awards

Dr. Cyrus O. McCalla, MD, Woodhull Medical Center Community Service Leadership Award

Fr. Rocco C. Danzi, S.J., Xavier Jesuit Community, Ecumenical Leadership Award

Doris Withers, Ed.D, Medgar Evers College, Education Leadership Award

Shani Lianna Watler, Lab School for Collaborative Studies, Youth Leadership Award

Come out, celebrate these wonderful recipients, enjoy the cuisine and contribute to the expansion of educational opportunities in the community. Not bad for a Saturday afternoon.

Stay Blessed &

ECLECTICALLY BLACK

Gloria Dulan-Wilson Is a veteran New York City Journalist who is new to the bullet. Her experiences, perspective & sense of history are an invaluable combination. “check out my blog:” www.gloria-dulan-wilson.blogspot.com

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1 Comment on "The Community Council For Medgar Evers College Annual Spring Scholarship and Leadership Awards Luncheon April 17, 2010"

  1. Where is the outrage? I’ve been whaitcng it on television for a good ten days now!Just have to have a subject for all these round the clock coverage, eh! Here in Lynchburg, Va last spring three young black youths after a night of partying, showing off for a couple of young girlfriends (they testified later) beat an elderly white gentlemen to death, mid morning on main street a half a block from the city market. The oldest of these youths was eighteen, the youngest thirteen. The elderly man was in town from Colorado for his granddaughtrs wedding, he was out for a morning stroll, when approached by these youths who had been wandering the bike and walking trails! They said that they were just gonna beat up the next person to come along showing off for the girls! I for one do NOT believe if the next person to come along had been Wesley Snipes or Shaquille ONeal this would have happened! The victim needed to be white eldery, in short an easy target, perhaps a female. I don’t think they would have beat up Oprah either! This HATE crime drew no national coverage. No Al Sharpton hollering racism,and hate crime!It would seem racism and hate or things white people do to blacks never the reverse! Hate and racism are both two way streets! Like cats and dogs,their will always be whites who dislike blacks and blacks who DISLIKE whites! Until we acknowledge and admit and TALK about it being a two way thing, we do not have and are NOT practising equality and are in fact being racist! I live now in a neighborhood which is rapidly becoming mostly black, and as a white guy, notice quite often that younger blacks and especially the males have a definite attitude! More than once a cordial relationship with elder black neighbors (I’m 59) has been effected by a younger son, living at home with an attitude about the neighborHOOD! I want to see JUSTICE applied and done in the Trevon Martin case. I also want to see acknowledgement that racism is a two way street! I also want to see on telivision BOTH sides given EQUAL attention, not the I’m so less a racist then that other white guy or the other party, that I’m seeing now!

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