NEWBURYPORT — The YWCA’s 2013 Nancy E. Peace award will be presented to Newburyport Learning Enrichment Center director Nancy Earls.
Over the past 14 years, Earls has developed programs, rallied volunteers and created collaborations to help families residing in low-income housing throughout Newburyport confront and overcome obstacles to education and thereby break a cycle of poverty. At every table, she speaks up for those who have been overlooked or not invited. Earls deserves to be recognized for her contributions to fighting prejudices and celebrating diversity, for knocking on doors and breaking down walls.
This year’s MLK Breakfast will be held on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Jan. 21, at Newburyport City Hall. Doors will open at 8 a.m. for registration and continental breakfast. The program will begin at 8:30 a.m. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling the YWCA at 978-465-9922, ext. 10 or by downloading a ticket form from our website and returning it to the YWCA. Tickets will be available at the door. High School students attend the breakfast at no cost thanks to the generosity of our sponsors.
The guest presenter at this year’s breakfast will be Jamele Adams, associate dean of student life at Brandeis University. Adams oversees the departments of Student Activities and Community Service, as well as the Intercultural Center and the Chaplaincy. He works with campus groups to promote and enhance opportunities to celebrate diversity at Brandeis.
In addition, he oversees the Community Prejudice Response Task Force. Known as Harlym 125, Adams was a frequent and highly regarded figure in competitions in New York and beyond. Since coming to Brandeis, he has become a part of the Boston area poetry scene and joined a team of poets who have won numerous competitions regionally and nationally.