For 10 years the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Breakfast has been an annual and staple event on the Texas A&M University campus. While this event has had the incredible fortune to bring many prestigious and well-known speakers in the past, this years’ director, Kameron Turner, decided to incorporate her passion into her overall vision for this event. Turner a sophomore University Studies: SEAL student said, “I had a vision for this event from the moment I found out I was going to be the new director. I have a passion for spoken word and I definitely wanted to include that in this years’ program. Spoken word brings out such young and vibrant performers and I think it reaches our student audience in a different and unique way.”
Run through the Division of Student Affairs’ Memorial Student Center, the Carter G. Woodson Black Awareness Committee (WBAC) uses the MLK breakfast as an opportunity to address issues directly affecting black students on campus while also providing a cultural experience for the entire university. Turner’s vision to include a spoken word performer, helped to achieve just that. Prentince Powell, a spoken word performer from Oakland California, performed on three different issues that many young African American’s are facing today. His performance not only touched on those sensitive topics, but also showcased part of African American cultural.
Turner’s vision and the overall success for this event, stemmed from her personal experiences as a freshman. “It was a bit of a culture shock when I first came to campus. I didn’t learn about WBAC until my spring semester, and once I got involved it gave me a sense of home and community that I had been missing. I wanted to challenge myself with this director position by building that sense of community throughout the university population,” Turner said.
The planning and execution of such a large and prestigious event is no easy task, but under the guidance and direction of Turner, the 10th Annual MLK Breakfast created an opportunity for African American students and the campus community to come together and educate each other from a uniquely creative platform. Jamie Arrexi, MSC Student Programs Communications Coordinator said, “Kameron is passionate about the WBAC and its mission to provide cultural programming for the campus community. She possesses natural leadership abilities needed for overseeing the MLK Breakfast.”
Through her creative abilities as a leader Turner helped to develop an incredible program with a performance by Voices of Praise Gospel Choir and a moderated conversation with Civil Rights icon Ruby Bridges. She helped to provide educating and enriching experiences of contributions and the cultural impact African American’s have on our society.
Written by: Courtney Rhodes