Lt. Gov.-Elect Brown to Speak at MLK, Jr. Breakfast at SMCM Jan. 15

Lt. Governor-Elect Anthony Brown to Speak

ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. - The third annual Southern Maryland Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast is set for Monday, Jan. 15, 2007 at St. Mary's College of Maryland (SMCM) from 8:30-10 a.m. Lt. Governor-Elect Anthony Brown will be the keynote speaker.

Brown's appearance at SMCM will occur just two days before he is sworn in as the Lt. Governor. As a state legislator, Brown was a member of the Maryland Legislative Black Caucus. He served in the U.S. Army, Aviation Branch in Europe and Iraq. He is a member of the NAACP, American Legion, and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Brown is a first-generation Jamaican-American and graduate of Harvard Law School where he was an officer of the Black Law Student Association. His interests include Maryland's foster care and adoption laws, minimum wage and health care access. Brown lives in Mitchellville with his wife and their two children.

The breakfast invocation and benediction will be by the Reverend Roderick W. McClanahan, First Missionary Baptist Church of Lexington Park. Two gospel choirs have been invited to perform: the St. Peter Claver Gospel Choir of St. Inigoes and the St. Mary's College of Maryland Gospel Choir. The master of ceremonies duties will be shared by Katrice Pitts, president of the College's Black Student Union, and Mac McClintock, chairperson of the St. Mary's County Human Relations Commission.

Following the keynote address, there will be a moderated forum of participants from the first community-wide race relations study circle in St. Mary's County. The St. Mary's County Board of Education, SMCM and the St. Mary's County Human Relations Commission underwrote this study circle. They will discuss the impact and results of their training sessions. There will be an opportunity for those in attendance to participate in race relations community-wide study circles in early 2007.

These study circles are groups of 8 to 12 people from different backgrounds and viewpoints who meet over six weeks to explore race relations in St. Mary's County. All of the study circles work on local race relations issues and solutions for the whole community.

The breakfast will be held in the College's Great Room, located in the Campus Center. A full breakfast will be served. The cost is $6. The event is sponsored by SMCM and the St. Mary's County Human Relations Commission.

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