The 8th annual Joyce Kinzie/Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast will be held Monday, January 18, in the Davidson-Sheffer Gymnasium on the Lincoln College campus. Doors open at 7:00 a.m. and the program begins at 7:30 a.m. Tickets are $10 and reservations are recommended. To reserve tickets call Cynthia Kelley at Lincoln College, (217) 735-7219; Second Baptist Church (217) 899-5527; or the Kinzie/King Breakfast Committee: Les Plotner, (217) 732-6167; and Tom McLaughlin, (217) 735-7254. Reserved tickets may be picked up at the door the morning of the event. Tickets will be sold at the door if seating is still available.
Proceeds from the breakfast go to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Minority Student Endowed Scholarship awarded annually to minority students from Logan County attending Lincoln College on the Lincoln campus. The event features a buffet breakfast, entertainment from the 2nd Baptist Youth Choir and the Lincoln College Chorale, remarks by this year’s scholarship recipient Shakia Dawson, and keynote speaker Dr. Arthur Sutton.
Dr. Sutton has worked in social services and education for more than 25 years. Sutton works for the Illinois Board of Higher Education and serves on various task forces, committees and panels. In the early 1990’s, Dr. Sutton started a community basketball program and computer literacy program for at-risk youth in Bloomington, Illinois. Sutton is an elder in his church and lives in Lincoln with his wife Gwenda.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Minority Scholarship was co-founded in 2009 by Rev. Glenn Shelton and Lincoln businesswoman Joyce Kinzie. The scholarship breakfast was initially hosted by Kinzie at the Maple Club. In 2010, Kinzie passed away and the annual breakfast continued at Lincoln College, honoring her and furthering her dream of helping minority students in Logan County.
“Members of this community have been so generous helping fund this scholarship. Their investment in educating students from Logan County is making it possible for the recipients to attend Lincoln College and earn their degree. The gift of education provides dividends for a lifetime, and we are grateful to the many donors and sponsors that make this scholarship possible,” said Debbie Ackerman, Lincoln College’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement.