New Orleans Public Library

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 16, 2003
Featuring Arnold Wayne Donald
Chairman and CEO, Merisant Co.
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Musical Selection Albert Wicker & March Church Terrell Schools
Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing
Invocation Rev. Simmie Lee Harvey
Chair, MLK Day Commission
Welcome Gertiana Chess Williams
City Librarian
Remarks Sylvia Turner
Chair, New Orleans Public Library Board
Musical Selection Wicker & Terrell Schools
A Song for the Children
Introduction of Keynote Speaker Valencia Hawkins
Head, African American Resource Center
Arnold Wayne Donald on
African American Dream Builders: Achieving Economic Success
Remarks Stacy Simms
Representative, Mayor's Office
Musical Selections
and Orations
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Science and Technology Elementary School
Benediction Rev. Simmie Lee Harvey

Photographs from the Event

Choir director Shirley A. Stewart leads students of Albert Wicker and Mary Church Terrell Schools in the opening song "Lift Every Voice and Sing" during the library's Martin Luther King celebration.

Mr. Arnold Wayne Donald, Chairman and CEO of Merisant Company, makers of Equal Sweetener, is congratulated by City Librarian Gertiana Williams. Donald served as keynote speaker for the Martin Luther King event and shared his experience in succeeding in the business world.

Library Board Chair, Sylvia Turner, thanks Mr. Donald on behalf of the library board with a souvenir Zulu poster.

The combined choirs of Albert Wicker and Mary Church Terrell sing a welcome song called "A Song for the Children."

Valencia Hawkins, Head of the African American Resource Center, introduces keynote speaker for the Martin Luther King program, Arnold Wayne Donald, Chairman, Merisant Company and native New Orleanian.

Keynote speaker Arnold Wayne Donald shared his ideas on how African Americans today can keep Dr. King's dream alive. He pointed out several ways in which today's dream builders can achieve their goals.

Before the program began Mr. Donald presented the City Librarian with a box of Equal Sweetener that he said was missing from her office.

One of the tools for success "is to give it your all and do your best," Donald told a packed audience while using visuals like the number one symbol to reinforce his point.

Stacy Simms, Director of Community Affairs, City of New Orleans, thanks Mr. Donald for being the keynote speaker of the library's Martin Luther King program.

Simms, her daughter and councilman Marlon Gusman, present a certificate of appreciation to Donald for his generosity to the city.

Students of Mary Church Terrell and Albert Wicker schools were excited to be a part of the library's Martin Luther King celebration.

Nearly 300 downtown workers, students, and senior citizens packed the first floor of the Main Library to attend the library's Martin Luther King noonday celebration held January 16.

Nearly 50 students of Xavier Prep high school attended the program to hear Donald, who is an advid supporter of the school.

Mr. Donald and some young fans

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