MLK Scholarship Breakfast Set for Jan. 11

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College will celebrate the life of civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 11 with the 6th Annual MLK Scholarship Tribute Breakfast.

Ella Harris, a former Pitt County Schools educator and administrator, will serve as keynote speaker for the event, which will take place in the Craig F. Goess Student Center’s Davenport Multipurpose Room from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Before retiring in 2009, Harris spent nearly 40 years working at Greenville’s J.H. Rose High School, including 20 years as assistant principal. The school’s Ella T. Harris Lecture Hall is named in her honor.

In addition to Harris’ remarks, the program will feature a scholarship presentation by the PCC Multicultural Activities Committee (MAC), which organizes the annual tribute. Jasmin L. Spain, PCC Assistant Vice President of Student Development and Community Standards, is a MAC member and says the scholarship is awarded each year in honor or memory of an individual who shares King’s ideals.

“This year, we will present the scholarship in honor of Mr. Raymond Reddrick, an education champion and longtime supporter of Pitt Community College,” Spain said.

Reddrick, a Greenville resident, worked as a principal, teacher and coach during an educational career that spanned more than four decades. He was also a PCC Trustee for nearly 30 years and served more time as chairman than any other trustee in the college’s 57-year history.

PCC administrators named a new academic building for Reddrick in 2003 and presented him with a Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his strong leadership and service to the college and community in 2014.

Tickets to the MLK Breakfast are $10 and may be purchased on the PCC website or by visiting the Vernon E. White Building, Room 4.

“If you cannot attend but would like to support this event, I encourage you to purchase a ticket and sponsor a student to attend in your absence,” Spain said. “It will be an experience they will certainly remember.”

Proceeds from the event will fund future MAC Scholarships at PCC.