Continuing The Dream

LIBERTY, January 4, 2017 – Dr. Alma Allen, Texas State House Representative, District 131, will give the keynote address for the third time at the Annual Liberty County Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, Saturday, January 14, 2017, 1 p.m., Trinity Valley Missionary Baptist Church of Liberty, 801 Sam Houston. Rev. Marvin O. Etheridge, Sr. is Senior Pastor.

Dr. Allen has served in the Texas House of Representatives since 2004. Prior to that, she was elected and served on the Texas State Board of Education for over 10 years.

Beginning her career in education as a teacher at Parker Elementary School and Grimes Elementary School, Rep. Allen went on to become assistant principal at Foster Elementary School and then served as principal at Peck Elementary School, Windsor Village Vanguard Magnet School, and G.B.M. Turner Elementary School. She worked in human resources and central administration, and retired from Houston Independent School District after 39 years. Thereafter, Rep. Allen continued her career in education as an Adjunct Professor at both Texas Southern University and Prairie View A&M University. Currently, she is a motivational speaker, and an educational consultant.

Rep. Allen holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Education degree from Texas Southern University and a Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Houston, as well as a certificate in administration and supervision from the University of Houston. Rep. Allen has received many awards and honors, including Principal of the year, District 5, and Outstanding Alumnus of the University of Houston. Rep. Allen also received the Texas Freedom Network "Walking the Walk Award", from Governor Ann Richards, the Living Legend Award, presented by the Texas Alliance Of Black School Educators, and was recently honored in her hometown of Livingston, Texas, with Alma Allen Day.

Rep. Allen is a member of the Houston Association of Professional Administrators, American Association of Supervision and Curriculum, Texas Association of School Administrators, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Texans Concerned for Superior Schools, the Women's Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Democratic Women, The American Association of Curriculum and Development, and the Council of Negro Women.

Rep. Allen and her husband, Lawrence A. Allen, Sr., are the proud parents of two children and the grandparents of five grandchildren.

This year’s honorees for the Dr. Martin Luther King Award are Natasha Paintsil and Adrian Driver. The committee decided to honor two young people who are continuing the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through their education, community service, future plans, faith and family.

Mistress of Ceremonies for 2017 will be Ms. Rita Gilmore. Liberty Mayor Carl Pickett, Dayton Mayor Jeff Lambright and Liberty County Judge Jay Knight will read proclamations. The occasional speaker will be committee member Robert L. Schaadt and MLK Chaplain Rev. Robert Seals, MLK Chaplain will offer the Benediction.

The Liberty County Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration is one of the most uplifting, emotional events held in this area. It is an inspiration for all who attend. Since 1999 the Liberty County Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration has had an illustrious history.

Henry L. Dugat, Sr. has chaired the celebration committee since it began. The original and continued purpose is to celebrate the life and times of Martin Luther King, Jr. a true American hero, and to inspire people to continue his dream for a just America for all of it citizens. In addition to holding an annual program, another goal of the committee is to give a yearly $1000 scholarship on a rotating basis to each school district in Liberty County. Donations are accepted for the Educational Fund at the event or by mail. If you would like to make a check, make it payable to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee and mail it to P. O. Box 1222, Liberty, TX 77575.
Dr. Henry L Dugat Sr. with Grandson Chris Dugat

For more information, contact Dr. Henry L. Dugat, Sr. Chairman of the Board at (936)-257-5308, (713)-898-2820 Ms. Connie Paintsil (Co-Chairman) (936)-668-1681, Ms. Judy Driver (Assistant Secretary) (936)-336-8519, Administrative Directors Rev. Keith L. Turner and Rev. A.K Thomas, Directors of the Board Lillian Roberts, Evelyn Terrell, Peggy Castilow, Nathaniel Gilbert, Linda Young, Myrtle Freeman, Jennifer Hamilton, Administrative Secretary Ms. Martha Braxton, Mary Davis, Vada Coward, Robert Schaadt, Director of Finance Delmar Coward, Sr.

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