More than a thousand people gathered at for a scholarship breakfast in Hartford. Women from the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority packed the Convention Center.
“For the last 34 years, we’ve given out over 148 scholarships to young ladies in the greater Hartford area, who are leaving high school and going on to college,” said Tekisha Everette, President of the Hartford Alumni Chapter.
“Seeing our neighbors as ourselves, that’s what Doctor King was about,” said Cheryl Hickmon, National First VP, Delta Sigma Theta Inc. “It was about our service to others and that’s what this event today represents.”
“In 2019, we are preparing our national organization to be counted, to ensure that resources are being made available to all communities,” said keynote speaker, Shavon Arline-Bradley.
On a day honoring a man who fought for freedom and equally for all, newly elected Jahana Hayes addressed the crowd as the first African American congresswoman from Connecticut.
“This is so much bigger than me,” Hayes said. “I’m bringing forth the voices and stories of so many people.”
A true celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“This day is a day to remind ourselves how much work still needs to be done,” said Senator Richard Blumenthal. “How that legacy and vision still needs to be achieved.”
“Dr. King was fighter for economic justice and one of the reasons Governor Lamont and I wanted to be here today, is to let the 1000 people in this room know that we want to fight for economic justice, particularly for women and families,” Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz said. “We are going to ensure equal pay for equal work.”