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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Brings Nearly 1,000 People Together for College Scholarship Fundraising Event at CT Convention Center

United Technologies Serves As Signature Sponsor for 24th Year

The Hartford Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. presents its 33nd annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast on Monday, January 15th, 2018, at 9 a.m. at the Connecticut Convention Center (100 Columbus Blvd., Hartford, Conn.).

The event – with speeches, song and service – celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. King and raises renewable college scholarship funds for deserving African-American high school senior girls in Greater Hartford.

United Technologies serves as the event’s Signature Sponsor for the 24th consecutive year.

Through corporate and community support, the Hartford Alumnae Chapter has awarded over $340,000 in renewable scholarships to over 140 talented young African American female high school seniors living in the Greater Hartford Community since 1984.

Note: Current recipients of renewable scholarships from past Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfasts will be in attendance and available to talk with the media.

Proceeds from this year’s breakfast will be awarded as scholarships in the spring of 2018.

In 1984, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast was established as the sole means for generating restricted funds for the scholarship program, and continues to be Delta Sigma Theta Hartford Alumnae’s signature scholarship fundraiser and one of the largest MLK events celebrated in Connecticut.  Since its inception, the Hartford Alumnae chapter has placed a priority on providing monetary contributions to deserving young women who further their education by attending college. 

The keynote address will be given by Rev. Teresa L. Fry Brown, Ph.D. who is currently serves as the Bandy Professor of Preaching at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Fry Brown is the first Black and the first woman to hold what many consider the most prestigious preaching professorate in America.  She is the first tenured Black female Professor at Candler and the third Black female to attain the rank of Full Professor at Emory.