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The Seventh Annual Southern Maryland Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast

Gospel Choir and Youth Choir to Perform
December 21, 2010
Press Release #11-003

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The seventh annual Southern Maryland Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast will be held Monday, January 17, 2011, in the J. Frank Raley Great Room of St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s Campus Center. A full breakfast will be served, starting at 7 a.m. and the program begins at 8:15 a.m. Tickets are $8 and are available at the door. Early arrival is recommended as space is limited; advanced registration is not required. For more information, contact Lee Capristo at 240-895-4795 or lwcapristo@smcm.edu. Details about the event are also available online at www.smcm.edu/calendar.

 The keynote speaker will be 1999 St. Mary’s alumnus Nicolas Troy Abrams, who founded AJW Financial Partners LLC, a full service insurance and financial services agency that represents some of the country’s top insurance and money management companies. He is a member of the Million Dollar Round Table, a prestigious organization for financial services professionals. Abrams grew up in Baltimore County and graduated from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. His mother was a teacher in the Baltimore City public school system. He graduated with a major in economics from St. Mary’s, and is a member of Kingdom Harvest Christian Center in Owings Mills, where the pastor is another St. Mary’s alumnus, Charles Hall ’98.

Last year’s breakfast drew more than 325 attendees, including local government officials, religious leaders, business persons and community members. Past keynote speakers have included John W. Franklin (Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture); the Honorable Walter Fauntroy; and Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown.

There also will be performances by the gospel choir of St. Peter Claver Catholic Church and the youth choir of First Missionary Baptist Church.  The invocation will be offered by Fr. Scott Woods of St. Peter Claver and St. Cecelia parishes.

After the program, you can visit the Boyden Gallery in Montgomery Hall for the traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibition that examines the physical and sociological aspects of fences from January 17-March 4. “Between Fences,” a collaboration between the Smithsonian and the Maryland State Humanities Council, also is a catalyst for a local related exhibition, “Facing Fences,” which will be shown at the same time in the gallery and will include events, lectures, films, and programs across Southern Maryland.

St. Mary's College of Maryland, designated the Maryland state honors college in 1992, is ranked one of the best public liberal arts schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. More than 2,000 students attend the college, nestled on the St. Mary's River in Southern Maryland.

Caption: Members of the First Missionary Baptist Church youth choir will sing at the January 17 prayer breakfast.

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