Rep. Gilliard, other leaders to host MLK Picture Awards

Published: Jan. 15, 2013 at 3:48 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 16, 2013 at 1:43 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - State Rep. Wendell Gilliard and other members of Charleston City Council, along with other community leaders, will present the 15th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. picture awards on Wednesday.

The presentations will take place at 6 p.m. in the auditorium at Burke High School, located at 244 President Street in downtown Charleston.

Gilliard said the school was selected for the event "because it symbolizes the emphasis Dr. King said we should place on educating our youth about the past and the present social and economic truth in all our communities."

Also, nine years ago the late Mrs. Coretta Scott King was at the school to honor her first cousin, Mrs. Christine Osborn Jackson, Gilliard added.

In keeping with the ideals and philosophies of Dr. King, Gilliard annually presents the picture awards to members of the Charleston and surrounding communities who strive to improve the quality of life for residents of all our communities.

Individuals selected are recognized for "going above and beyond the call of duty, demonstrating to all that they are keeping the dream of Dr. King alive," a release states.

The first awards were presented in 1998 after Mr. Gilliard was first elected to Charleston City Council.

The public as well as previous honorees are encouraged to be in attendance.

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