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M L King
DAY OF SERVICE
THEY GOT ME
Jauary 20, 2020
Fox 29 stopped by our Alma Mater to get to some of meat and potatoes of the day. Alumni president Ms Khym Lomax-Lawson "79" explains exactly what it is that she and The Associated Alumni do to make sure that the Legacy of Dr King is not forgotten. M L King High of Philadelphia Pennsylvania has grated over 10,000 proud cougar alumni and they boost on "Living The Legacy" daily and with every thing they do. Today's purpose at M L King High was to begin redirecting the future of narrative and purpose of the school, to get it back to the comprehensive level of education in which it was built for. To offer more that just college preparation but individual and collective skills to provide more choices for the future of its students. Ms Lawson emphasizes the quote of Dr King that it is important not only to educate the mind but to build character. Mrs Tasha Samuels an alumni parent and community partner puts her finger on parental and community involvement and how important it is that everyone work together towards the shared goal, for it is for the betterment of our children and our children's tomorrows.
By Carlton Hall "81"
Never ever forget where you come from, rather, embrace it and carry it, like a banner declaring your future and a torch lighting your way.
God blessed me, in a special and unexpected way this week. As my company, CHC, started a new important effort on behalf of the city of my birth and we were thrilled and surprised, to launch the effort at my alma mater, Martin Luther King Jr. HS. Where I was reunited with this queen-warrior, Khym Lomax-Lawson, alumni-advocate, protectress and artist, and dear dear friend, whom I've not seen since I delivered the student keynote address when I graduated from King, 40 YEARS AGO! (Much love and respect for this Shero). Tears, screams, laughter, and remarkable memories as she caught me up on the ups, downs, striving and strife she and other champions like Mama Chris, and my dear sister, Ms Fortune, and other alum, who've championed keeping the school's legacy alive in very challenging times. Well they got me and we will be adding our small presence to their large work.
Grateful for my #TeamCHC colleagues Tracy Johnson and Raylette Pickett, for their support.
Feeling proud and grateful. Cougar proud.
Carlton Hall Consulting LLC
Hear what others have to say about alumnus
"Carlton Hall is one of the most dynamic, engaging professionals that we know Not only does he possess a wealth of information on community building and prevention, he has the ability to inspire people to initiate change".
"Carlton Hall is engaging and passionate in his approach to community change. He has a captivating ability to deliver training and support for change in a way that is doable and very empowering! When I think of Carlton Hall, I think of excellent products and services and lasting relationships!"
This is one of the more difficult columns to maintain as one of our Kings or Queens have passed onto the The Most Royal.
Kevin T. Griffin: Class of 1978
Nov. 4, 2017
Kevin Prileau: Class of 1980
Jan 2 2018
Chrisla Smith: Class of 1979
Feb. 21, 2018
Perry McCotter: Class of 1978
May 14, 2018
Pamela Williams: Class of 1979
Aug. 14, 2019
Craig Simmons; Class of 1982"
Sept 15, 2019
Keyonna Reid; Class of 2018
Nov. 2, 2019
Zion George; Class of 2018
June 30, 2020
From The President
As we work together to get through this pandemic and time of stagnation, the Associated Alumni of Martin Luther King High is still here. We continue to work in support of the alumni of M L King High and the current students, faculty and staff.
We are currently working on the renovation of the school Library, assisting with preparations, designing and production of the 2021 yearbook, with M L King High faculty; coordinating efforts to bring after school vocational programs as the ground work to establish additional elective and trade courses for the students.
The overall objective of our initiatives and programs is to rebuild the legacy and change the negative narrative associated with our alma mater, to bring truth to the legacy and what it is that Martin Luther King High School stands for. There is always a dream and
"WHEN ONE DREAM IS ACTUALIZED... IT BUILDS FOUNDATIONS FOR MORE DREAMS", "DREAMS ARE THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF DREAMS TO COME"
Carlton Hall with fellow alum from left to right; Ms Deborah Forune (, Khym Lawson and Kimberly Mathis all of the Class of 1979 and actively volunteering in the school
The CHC team in support and utilizing conference space offered by AAMLKHS
"Loquor Absque Metus"
(I SPEAK WITHOUT FEAR)
Noticing the need for young women of circumstances and situations beyond what they believe that they control, to have a resource to reach out and get empowered, The Associated Alumni of M L King along with Alumna Melany P. Nelson, Executive Director of Northwest Victims Services created a program within the M L King High School to offer assistance, resources and advice to individuals in hopes to build self worth and defy the odds set forth before them, to teach them to advocate for themselves, treating them as individuals and providing them with choices that reflect their individual needs.
Northwest Victim Services is the first grass roots non-profit agency created and dedicated to serving victims and witnesses to crime in the 5th, 14th 35th, and 39th Police Districts. Since 1981, its reputation for compassionate, effective service has spread throughout the Philadelphia region and beyond. With the help of a dedicated group of volunteers, staff and Board of Directors, more than 25,000 residents and businesses have received help from NVS since its founding.
Congratulation to Alum
Melany P. Nelson "89"
on her 2020 Honorary Awardee award from the
National Organization for Victims Assistance (NOVA)
Living The Legacy
A NEW LIBRARY PROPOSED
The renovation of our outdated, underutilized library space a project long over due. Other than a few free-standing pieces of furniture there has been no upgrades since its construction in 1968-69. It is vital to not only the education of our students but as a resource to our surrounding community as well.
Libraries can and should play a crucial role in empowering diverse populations for full participation. We are asking the Philadelphia School District to support us and commit to at least 1/2 of the funds. Our plan is to do fundraising for the remainder through charitable foundations and individual donors.
Martin Luther King High needs a new vibrant, updated common space that fosters student learning, independent research and college readiness.
The new design should include:
collaborative work spaces
individual study pods
computer research lab
symposium spaces for larger presentations
creative writing lab
a new public entrance for public entry
ability to display artifacts, hang art work and decorative pieces throughout the space
incorporate a small juice & coffee bar
This organization provides with
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