Bishop Marvin Sapp inspired a sold-out crowd on Monday, Jan. 15 at the NCNW’s 32nd annual Leadership Awards Breakfast
BY CINDY CARTER, Staff Writer
ST. PETERSBURG — It has been 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated for his civil rights work. His legacy is celebrated and honored every day in one form or another all across the country. But on the third Monday of January each year, the nation is encouraged to give a day on, not a day off when it comes to making a difference.
Also each year, the St. Petersburg Metropolitan Section of the National Council of Negro Women holds their Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Awards Breakfast in his honor. In fact, it has been a staple in the community for 32 years. Over a buffet-style breakfast, participants were inspired to not give up and push forward, even with a nation divided.
“We recognize that we’re all a part of Dr. King’s work and that for all the progress that we have made nationally, and here locally, there remains a dangerous divide,” said Mayor Rick Kriseman. “There remains work to do, inequities to fix and wounds to heal.”
ABC Action News anchor Deiah Riley acted as Mistress of Ceremony and in-between introducing speakers, she too gave tidbits of wisdom to inspire the sold-out crowd at the historic St. Petersburg Coliseum. She stressed leadership is a commitment and that good leaders keep others focused on the goal and motivated to do their best work.
“It has been said that great leaders don’t set out to be a leader, they set out to make a difference,” explained Riley. “It’s never about the glory for them; it’s all about the goal.”
One local organization that makes a difference is the National Council of Negro Women. They are dedicated to being a change agent in the community and urge the new year to bring about not only institutions but also individuals to emulate Dr. King and tirelessly fight for equality. One way to give back is not just to acknowledge with words that change needs to happen, but to create change with deeds.