MLK Black Tie Banquet slated for Friday

Dr. Yolanda Davidson is keynote speaker for the twenty first annual Martin Luther King Jr. Black Tie Banquet, sponsored by the West Point Alumni Chapter of the West Point Alumni Inc. The event is at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 12, at the U.F.C.W. Local # 1529 Union Hall.
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DONNA SUMMERALL
Staff Writer

The West Point Alumni Chapter of the West Point Alumni Inc., is hosting its 21st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Black Tie Banquet, at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 12, at the U.F.C.W. Local # 1529 Union Hall.
The keynote speaker for the event is Dr. Yolanda Davidson. The theme is "Moving Toward Our Destination."

She was a graduate of West Point High School, and continued her education at Jackson State University in Jackson, Duquesne University in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, University of Tennessee Health Center, and College of Pharmacy in Memphis, Tennessee. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry in 1988, Masters degree in Chemistry in 1995, PhD. in Chemistry in 2000, and Doctorate of Pharmacy in 2007. She has been a licensed pharmacist since 2007.

She is the daughter of John D. Davidson and the late Vallie Washington Davidson.

"We are so excited to have Dr. Yolanda Davidson with us to speak Friday night," said Bettye Swift, president of the West Point Alumni Chapter in Mississippi. "We love brining successful hometown people to inspire us. It shows the importance of education to enable everyone to reach your dreams."

Swift said money donated during the banquet goes directly to scholarships for graduating high school seniors, to help with college expenses.

"We have chapters not only here in West Point," Swift said. "But there are chapters in Chicago, Illinois, St. Louis, Missouri, and San Diego, California. We send out the scholarship forms in April, to all of our chapters. We awarded $6.000, in scholarship awards last year. Scholarships are awarded in all four cities where our chapters are located."

Swift said there will be a table set up to allow those who are not registered to vote, to register and be able to have a voice in upcoming elections.

"The event is semi-formal, to formal dress," Swift said. "It is always fun to get all dressed up and attend an event such as this one. But we want to invite everyone who would like to come and be part of our celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr."

Tickets are $20 per person, and Swift said other donations toward the scholarship fund are always appreciated.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance from Swift or any member of the West Point Alumni Chapter.

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