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Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?
Arlington MLK Jr. Celebration Committee Announces Keynote Speaker

December 1, 2006

The Reverend Sherman C. Gee Allen will serve as the keynote speaker at the Arlington MLK Sharing the Dream Awards Banquet on January 12. Allen will speak on the theme: Where do we go from here: Chaos or Community? The 45-year old is a Mansfield resident, noted author and lecturer. In 1983, he founded Fort Worth’s Shiloh Institutional Church of God and Christ.

Allen has conducted revivals, crusades and conferences in 28 states and three foreign countries. For many years, he hosted “Word Alive” on KHVN radio, and has authored many books, including Understanding the Flow of the Anointing and For Better or For Worse.

photo of Reverend Sherman C. Gee AllenFor more than 20 years, he has been involved in ministries throughout the Metroplex, espousing the belief that “ministry cannot be limited to the church, nor preaching from the pulpit.” He is active in many organizations, including founder and executive director of the Shiloh Economic Development and Community Services Corporation, a faith-based community development corporation; CEO of the Shiloh Realty Management Group and vice president of Fort Worth’s Black Ecumenical Leadership Alliance.

Dr. Theron Bowman, who chairs the 2007 MLK Celebration, says Allen was chosen to speak on this year’s theme because of his experience, leadership in the community, and style of preaching and teaching.

This year’s Sharing the Dream Banquet is the kickoff event for four days of multicultural celebrations in Arlington. The banquet will also feature student winners of the Sharing the Dream Essay and Art competitions, and presentations of the 2007 Sharing the Dream Awards in education, government and community service.

Tickets for the Arlington MLK Sharing the Dream Banquet go on sale December 15. Call the Star-Telegram Customer Service Office at 817-548-5400 or the Arlington Independent School District at 817-459-7217 for information.

For more information about the four-day celebration, visit the City of Arlington website at www.arlingtontx.gov or call the MLK Hotline at 817-459-6430.

2007 “Sharing the Dream” Award Winners!

Cheryl Rose, Arlington ISD

Wesley McDuffie

Tom Vandergriff, Former Tarrant County Judge

MLK Announces Winners of the Sharing the Dream Art and Essay Contests

Six high school students from Arlington will be receiving savings bonds and college scholarships as part of the 2007 Arlington Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.

This week, the MLK Celebration Committee announced the winners of the “Sharing the Dream” Art and Essay competitions. The winning art design will appear on T-shirts and publicity materials for the 2007 Arlington MLK celebration. The winning essay will be read aloud during the “Sharing the Dream” Banquet, which is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 12, at the University of Texas at Arlington. All winning artwork will be on exhibit during the holiday weekend. More than 350 pieces of artwork was submitted from Arlington students. Nineteen essays were received from area high school seniors.

About the Celebration

The Arlington MLK Celebration Committee is planning a four-day observance to include a banquet, art/college preparatory program, step show, multicultural festival, worship service and youth concert. This year, in partnership with Sankofas of Dallas, the committee is adding a spoken word poetry event.

The “Sharing the Dream” Banquet is the kickoff event. It is 6:30 p.m. Friday, January 12, and this year’s theme is: Where do we go from here: Chaos or Community? The speaker is the Revered Sherman C. Gee Allen of Mansfield. KTVT/CBS 11 News Anchor Shannon Hori will serve as this year’s celebrity MC during the banquet.

Organizing sponsors of the 2007 Arlington MLK Celebration include the University of Texas at Arlington, City of Arlington, Arlington Independent School District, Tarrant County College, Arlington Ministerial Association, the Star-Telegram and a growing list of contributors. The Arlington MLK Celebration was organized in 1989, and the planning committee includes more than 25 members. For more information, call MLK Celebration Chair Dr. Theron Bowman at 817-459-5701 or e-mail Theron.Bowman@arlingtontx.gov.

"Sharing the Dream" Essay Contest Winners

First Place - $1,000 Scholarship
Keith “Alex” Kiles, James Martin High School, Senior
Read the essay (pdf)

Second Place - $750 Scholarship
Alexandra Boyd-Rogers, The Oakridge School, Senior
Read the essay (pdf)

Third Place - $500 Scholarship
Destiny James, Timberview High School, Senior
Read the essay (pdf)

"Sharing the Dream" Art Contest Winners

First Place - $1,000 U.S. Savings Bond
Joshua Michael – Sam Houston High School, Junior
View the artwork (pdf)

Second Place - $750 U.S. Savings Bond
Kim Nguyen, Sam Houston High School, Sophomore
View the artwork (pdf)

Third Place - $500 U.S. Savings Bond
Kim Dickerson, Lamar High School, Junior
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