Annual event focuses on a dream fulfilled

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By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

The annual Black History Month dinner at Tommy Usher Center was its usual warm and entertaining affair.

But the red, white and blue decorations, the large portrait of newly installed President Barak Obama overlooking the 60 attendees and the speech by a veteran Florida Highway Patrol officer who called for building a bridge between faith and government, carried the message that change is in the air.

Organized by a committee guided by the Rev. Robert Scott and Evangelist Rutha Scott the dinner and accompanying printed program raise funds for scholarships to send students to college.

Rose Roberts-Butler, reminded the crowd that the four-year scholarships are for $700 and the committee has had as many as seven students in college receiving money at the same time.

“This is so the kid who had to come home to get food to take back to school with them won’t have to do that,” she said reminding the crowd of the hardships some earlier students endured to win a college degree.

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