[January 22, 2013]
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When the Lincoln College Choir completed their
piece, Ackerman returned to the podium to share some news about the
scholarship fund. She said that recently the committee had
decided they wanted to take the fund a step further and turn it into
an endowment so it can be carried on for many years to come.
They set a goal of raising $20,000 for the
endowment fund. Last year they raised $4,000, then were blessed
to receive a $10,000 grant from the Woods Foundation in Lincoln. Ackerman said the grant had specified that the committee would have
five years to raise their share, or an additional $6,000.
Ackerman (pictured below) said she was very
pleased to announce that at the end of this year's event, they were
going to be very, very close to having their full match, in only two
The last speaker of the day was Michael Coley. Coley has been a pastor since the age of 15. He is currently
the youth minister at a church in Decatur as well as a student at
Coley gave a moving and heartfelt rendition
of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, which in the end
brought the audience to their feet in a standing ovation for the
The event was brought to a close by Shelton, who
led the audience in the song "We Shall Overcome," while the youth of
the Second Baptist Church served as ushers for a freewill offering.
Shelton then sent the audience on their way with a benediction and
Pictures by Nila Smith