Carroll NAACP's Martin Luther King Breakfast a chance to meet Steven Lockard

Carroll NAACP's Martin Luther King Breakfast a chance to meet Steven Lockard
In this file photo Jean Lewis, the president of the Carroll County branch of the NAACP, applauds as the president of the national NAACP gives a talk at McDaniel College Oct. 24, 2016. (Dylan Slagle / Carroll County Times)

Carroll County Public Schools Superintendent Steven Lockard will be the featured speaker at the Carroll County NAACP’s 16th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast on Saturday.

The purpose of the breakfast is to bring the community together in honoring King, said Jean Lewis, president of the Carroll branch of the organization. The 2019 edition will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Martin’s Caterers in Westminster.


Lewis expects Lockard to discuss “his vision for Carroll County Public Schools.”

She pointed to Lockard’s experience in other school systems as a critical asset to increase diversity in the Carroll school system moving forward.

“He has dealt with a very diverse population, which we don’t have here,” Lewis said. “And we really want to make an impact in our recruitment of minority teachers and retaining them, and what we can do ... to have more minority children in advanced placement classes or in the Career and Tech Center.”

She added that the Martin Luther King Breakfast is a great opportunity for people to come out and meet Lockard, who has only been on his post since July.

“People can come, and they can see what his ideas are and how he feels things should be changing for our students here in Carroll County,” Lewis said.

Improving education for all is one of the primary initiatives of the Carroll County NAACP, she said.

To have a message that focuses on education for the annual breakfast is fitting because King highlighted its importance.

“Dr. King stressed that with education you can make more things possible in your life,” Lewis said.

King’s words, in part, inspired the Carroll NAACP’s tradition of awarding scholarships to local students each year to further their education — wherever that may be. Students wishing to attend college or attend a career and tech center are eligible for the scholarships.

Last year’s recipient of the continuing education award will speak at the breakfast Saturday, a tradition that Lewis inaugurated in 2017. The scholarships are always awarded at graduation, Lewis said.

The organization’s breakfast honoring King is a key source in funding the scholarships each year, Lewis explained.

Tickets to the breakfast cost $35 if purchased in advance, or $40 at the door. Those interested in purchasing tickets are encouraged to reach out to Lewis at 410-861-6872 or Bernard Jones at 410-876-2358. Checks are to be made payable to the Carroll County NAACP Branch 7014.