MLK “Advancing the Dream” Banquet Keynote Speaker
Over the course of a journalistic career that has seen him interview multiple U.S. presidents to the top athletes and entertainers in Hollywood, Roland S. Martin is a journalist who has always maintained a clear sense of his calling in this world.
Martin is a nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate, and is senior analyst for the Tom Joyner Morning Show, where his daily segment is heard on more than 100 stations and 8 million people daily.
He is the author of three books: Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith; Speak, Brother! A Black Man’s View of America; and The First: President Barack Obama’s Road to the White House as originally reported by Roland S. Martin.
Martin is chief political editor for TV One Cable Network and host and managing editor of “Washington Watch with Roland Martin,” a one-hour Sunday morning news show.
In his career, Martin has been showered with more than 30 awards for journalistic excellence, including being named the Journalist of the Year in 2013 by the National Association of Black Journalists for his extensive focus on voter suppression and other issues of concern to African Americans during the 2012 election.
He is a two-time NAACP Image Award winner; and has been named by Ebony Magazine on three occasions as one of the 150 Most Influential African Americans in the United States.
Martin spent six years as a contributor for CNN.
Mr. Martin is a life member of the National Association of Black Journalists, and a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
He is a 1991 graduate of Texas A&M University, where he earned a bachelor’s of science degree in journalism. He holds a master’s degree in Christian Communications from Louisiana Baptist University.
He is married to the Rev. Jacquie Hood Martin, author of Fulfilled! The Art and Joy of Balanced Living. They reside in Washington, D.C.
MLK Ecumenical Service Keynote Speaker
Dr. Sheron Patterson
Sheron C. Patterson is a motivator, determined to help others find
their greatness. As a cancer survivor, she knows the importance of
living life on purpose.
She has spoken across the nation at events such as the “Women Thou
Art Loosed” conference with Bishop T. D. Jakes and in Liberia, West
Africa. For the past 20 years, she has served as an itinerate elder
in the United Methodist Church and has been appointed as senior
pastor of numerous congregations. She holds the distinction of being
the first African-American woman to be ordained in the North Texas
region of the United Methodist Church. These extraordinary
accomplishments landed Dr. Patterson a place of honor in the
National Women’s Museum.
Dr. Patterson is currently the Communications Officer for the North
Texas Region of the United Methodist Church. In this role, she leads
brand positioning, new media product introductions, advertising,
marketing and media relations. She serves on numerous boards,
including the Southern Methodist University Board of Trustees and
the Board of Directors for the Methodist Health System.
Dr. Patterson has been featured in Ebony, JET and Essence magazines,
and on CNN and BET. Locally she is the relationships expert on Good
Morning Texas, on Dallas’ ABC affiliate WFAA. She is a veteran
journalist who has hosted local and nationally syndicated radio and
television programs. Dr. Patterson is the author of nine books. She
holds an undergraduate degree from Spelman College in Atlanta, two
Masters Degrees and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Perkins School
of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. A native of
Charlotte, North Carolina, Dr. Patterson is married to Robert
Patterson Sr. and together they have two sons, Robert Jr., and
Arlington MLK 25thAnniversary
Celebration Begins Jan. 17
Art and Essay Winners are Announced
The Arlington Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration has reached a
milestone. This year, the Arlington community commemorates 25 years
of MLK celebrations.
The Arlington MLK Celebration started in 1989 with a worship service
on Dr. King’s birthday at First United Methodist Church. The
celebration has since evolved into one of the largest in the
country, spanning four days and involving thousands of families. The
four-day celebration begins Friday, Jan. 17 with award-winning
journalist Roland Martin as the keynote speaker. Martin is a former
CNN political analyst, author and host of News One Now, a weekday
national news program on TV One.
In addition to the awards banquet, the celebration also includes a
step show competition, multicultural festival, ecumenical worship
service, a community dialogue on diversity, a resource fair for
veterans, day of service and a youth musical extravaganza. The
Committee will also award $4,500 in cash and scholarships to six
Arlington area youths whose essays and artwork best represent the
principles of Dr. King and the movement for justice and equality in
2014 Art Contest Winners
First Place - $1,000
Itzel Montiel, Juan Seguin High School View artwork
Second Place - $750
Kyle Whitney, Gunn Junior High School View artwork
Third Place - $500
Nisha Nadkarni, James Bowie High School View artwork
2013 Essay Contest Winners
First Place - $1,000 Scholarship
Eric Wagner, James Martin High School, Senior Read the essay
Second Place - $750 Scholarship
Gabriela Perez, James Bowie High School, Senior Read the essay
Third Place - $500 Scholarship
Rabia Hakeem, High School, Senior Read the essay