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RFL Mike McClendon Team sells luminaries, honors community members

Posted: March 17, 2011 3:28 p.m.
Updated: March 18, 2011 5:00 a.m.

The Kershaw County American Cancer Society Relay for Life Mike McClendon Team will host a different fundraiser this year.

Our fundraiser this year will be selling luminary bags in memory or in honor of someone who died or a survivor of cancer for $10 per bag. We will sell proud sponsor signs for $100 or other sponsorship donations.

Make checks payable to The American Cancer Society. Anyone who wishes to buy any bags, contact Mike McClendon or call 463-5903 or write to P.O. Box 491, Camden, SC 29021 or see other members of the Mike McClendon team:

Linda Sutton Dulton

Eddie Furman

Virginia Furman

M. Andrew James

Bettye Lewis

Dr. Althea Lewis

Mary Sue Truesdale

Terry Robinson

On behalf of the Mike McClendon team, I want to thank all of the supporters who supported us.

The Mike McClendon Team will not have the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Awards Banquet this year. We usually honor some Kershaw County residents whose life and work exemplify Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. life’s work.

The 2010 Honorees:

• Mrs. Alfred Mae Drakeford, City Council

• Representative Laurie Slade Funderburk

• The Late Senator Donald Holland

• Mrs. Amy McLester, Retired Educator

• Mr. Sammie Tucker, Jr., County Council

• Senator Vincent Sheheen

• Mrs. Louisa S. Watkins, Retired Educator

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Banquet has traditionally been held the weekend closest to April 4, the day Dr. King was killed. The significance of this was to show that his dream and his life continue through people doing good work that will last forever.

There have been many people honored in Kershaw County with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award from doctors, Kershaw Health, educators, and good people from all walks of life.

There are many good people still deserving of this honor. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is my hero and one of the greatest leaders who ever lived. I started this banquet as a tribute to him. Every five, 10 or 12 years, I write a letter to Dr. King explaining where we are now since he’s been gone. I will write another letter and publish it before April 4.

Just a few other names to add to past honorees is former U. S. Representative John Spratt.

The first Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Banquet was sponsored by C-W National Minority Newspaper and friends that I published in 1998.

The four honorees honored that year were former Camden City Councilman and Mayor Pro-Tem Clifton Alexander; Clifton H. Anderson; Rev. Norman Brown former pastor of St. Paul, St. Peter and Rock Springs United Methodist Churches; and Lansing Brewer former Kershaw County Clean Community Commission chairman.

Brown was the chairman of the Camden-Kershaw County NAACP Branch Redress Committee. In 1991, the branch started the annual observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a march from the Robert Mills Courthouse to Camden First United Methodist, formerly Trinity, up Broad Street under Brown’s leadership. He was also elected to Kershaw County Council and was an activist.

Brewer was a great long distance runner. He ran for many causes to raise money for people with cancer to help them financially. He ran 171 miles from Camden to Charlotte, N.C. to Columbia back to Camden in three days for donations to help a lady who needed a liver transplant, Barbara A. Adamson. Many people don’t know what Brewer did for this county. Thank God for him and all the other honorees.

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