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The Share the Dream Talent Show Jan. 13 at Greenfield School will feature a wide range of talent including dancers, musicians, singers, poetry, dramatic reading and an excerpt from the famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
A member of the State Martin Luther King Jr. Commission, Commissioner Jacquie Jeffers will perform the song she wrote in honor of King titled “Share the Dream” which features local residents in the video.
Jeffers created the Share the Dream Talent Show as an opportunity to unite community members to share their talents. She has been appointed and reappointed to the state MLK Commission by three governors. The talent show’s mission is to inform people about King’s dream of peace and diversity.
Sponsors of the Share the Dream Talent Show are Hand in Mine, Inc., and Greenfield School.
Hand in Mine is a new nonprofit organization whose goal is to meet a need for mentoring young men and women in communities to set a foundation for making lifelong, positive decisions. Hand in Mine combines self-esteem, athletics and community service to provide a “healthy, intelligent mindset.” The goal is to empower youth with life skills through sports. Hand in Mine is planning additional events for 2018.
The talent show is an effort to promote King’s desire to make the world a better place to live by answering his question: “What are you doing for others?” Funds raised from this show, which starts at 6 p.m., are donated to organizations that work with children.
Organizations that have received donations from the event include the Oliver Freeman Roundhouse Museum, Washington Carver Neighborhood Association, Wilson Police Youth Academy, ProMusic Conservatory, Forest Hills girls basketball team, the late Latoya Britt’s Children Education Fund, the late Jay Fate’s Children Education Fund, Dee’s House, Sallie B. Howard School of the Arts, Vinson-Bynum Elementary fifth-graders and the Toisnot Middle School boys basketball team.
The talent show will recognize individuals and/or organizations with the Share the Dream Community Spirit Award for their unselfish efforts for others.
Funds raised from the talent show this year will be donated to the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club to assist with purchasing more computers for children. In December, the nonprofit organization had a break-in and $7,000 of computer equipment was taken.
For more information about the talent show, contact Darian Cahill, CEO of Hand in Mine, Inc., at 919-221-3030, or Beth Peters, headmistress of Greenfield School, at 252-237-8046.