Houston County Courier - January 2008
By Roberta Mason
The 30th Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. commemorative program was presented by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Committee at the Crockett High School on Sunday, Jan. 20.
Guest speaker for the event was Crockett native Dr. Nelson T. Daniels, associate administrator with the Cooperative Extension Service at prairie View A&M University.
He began his presentation by speaking about the nurturing he had received from neighbors in the closely-knit community of College Hill. He went on to speak of the religious training he received at Friendship Baptist Church under the late Reverend T.W. Berry and the elders there.
Dr. Daniels paid homage to Crockett High School where he participated in football, baseball and the band. He found his life's career under the tutelage of agriculture teacher Gene Glover. Glover introduced him to agriculture and FFA. He found his niche and graduated with two degrees from his mentor's alma mater.
He honored his parents by talking about the dedication and sacrifice made by his mother, Mae Bell Daniels, as his siblings, Jesselyn, Lisa, and David looked on.
He talked of how she worked full time, encouraged him to participate in extra curricular activities and then she attended all those activities.
Dr. Daniels read the "I Have a Dream" speech several times in preparation for his presentation. He separated the speech into elements and talked about the parts of the "Dream" that have been accomplished. He, then, challenged everyone to work to fulfill the parts of the "Dream" that have not been achieved.
"I am grateful to all the participants in the program and to the friends and family of Dr. Daniels that came out to welcome him home," said Roberta Mason chairman and founder of Dr. martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Committee.
"I express my continued appreciation and gratitude to those persons that come year after year for the past three decades to keep the memory and 'Dream' of Dr. King alive in Crockett and the surrounding towns and communities."
James Gentry served as master of ceremony.
Clergy represented included Reverend Earl Harris of Bethel Baptist Church and Lay Vicar John G. Chase of All Saints Episcopal Church.
Retired educators participating in the program included Lola Reece, Verna Harris, Della Newman and Ms. Mason.
Others representing their field included Houston County Judge Lonnie Hunt, Houston County Court at Law Judge Sarah Clark, County Attorney Donna Gordon Kaspar, and attorney Daphne Session.
Youth participants were Crockett High School Honor Society Reporter Erick Reddic and CHS Junior Jewelisa Johnson. Hostesses for the event were Ruth McKnight, Eva Cooper and Sheryl McKnight.