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Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast Honors Community Leaders

Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast honors community leaders

1/2/2015, 6 a.m.

— Seven civic leaders and educators who best emulate the spirit and mission of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will receive awards January 19, 2015 at the 34th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast at Anne Arundel Community College. This year’s theme, “Children Are Our Future” is highlighted by having Bates Middle School sixth-grader Katherine Hernandez Marroquin as the keynote speaker.

The award recipients are:

·Bailey Barcome of Severna Park, a senior at Severna Park High School, who won the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award from the City of Annapolis Human Relations Commission. She has spent the past two summers doing missionary work in Honduras with St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church and helped this past year by volunteering to aid in the care of refugees from Central America. She hopes to work for the Peace Corps after graduating from college.

·Candace Nicole Green of Pasadena, an accountant with KPMG in Baltimore, who is the recipient of the George H. Phelps Jr. Distinguished Public Service Award presented by the Anne Arundel County NAACP. She worked two part-time jobs and participated in an internship and still graduated summa cum laude with a Master’s of Business Administration at Hampton University this past May. She had earlier graduated magna cum laude with departmental honors with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Hampton. She held many leadership positions with college organizations during her undergraduate years, including mentoring young girls and teens in the nearby community and recruiting events for the college.

·Patricia Omaña of Laurel, regional outreach manager for Health Howard Inc. and president of the board of The Center of Help, better known as El Centro de Ayuda, which works with the county’s immigrant community, winner of the Dallas G. Pace Sr. Humanitarian Award given by the Anne Arundel County Human Relations Commission. Omana’s career began in radio and television communications where she analyzed research for primarily Spanish-speaking stations in major cities in the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Puerto Rico. When she moved to the WILC-AM VIVA 900, radio station in Laurel, she moved the station to a community focus so that organizations could stay informed about major issues that mattered in their daily lives. She then moved to a nonprofit, leading the Center of Help. She was chosen in 2013 as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by the Daily Record.

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The Rev. Zina Pierre of Annapolis, founder of The Breaking Room virtual prayer ministry which provides twice-weekly prayer and teaching sessions through the Internet and conference calls, is the recipient of the Leon H. White Clergy Memorial Award given by the United Christian Clergy Alliance of Anne Arundel County. She was the first woman licensed to preach in her family church, First Baptist Church of Annapolis, and served as youth minister for eight years. She worked in the White House of President Bill Clinton, ran for mayor of Annapolis in 2009 and volunteers with organizations in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. She also is associate pastor and member of the Board of Trustees of Temple of Praise Church in Washington, D.C.