Plenty of MLK Day joy and recognition in Glen Burnie

January 31, 2013 by  

Among the highlights of the Martin Luther King weekend in the area was the award of the ‘Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major Award’ to a naval officer at a Glen Burnie awards dinner.

Captain Stanley Keeve won the award, which is given to individuals who epitomize the spirit encapsulated by King, as well as the ideals laid out in his famous ‘I Have A Dream’ speech, through their actions and behavior today.

Vice Admiral Michael H. Miller summed up why Captain Keeve merited the award, saying:

“[He] plays a key role in admitting the most talented young men and women in America and is directly responsible for preparing them as midshipmen to excel as professional officers in the Navy and Marine Corps through classroom instruction, local navigation and seamanship training on Naval Academy craft, and at sea experiences with operational fleets.”

Of course, this year’s MLK Day fell on the same day as the inauguration of President Obama – marking only the second occurrence of such a coincidence. The first was in 1997 at Bill Clinton’s second swearing-in.

Some locals, like Glen Burnie resident Taylor Barfield – a junior at Bowie State University – spoke of their amazement at the coincidental date that the inauguration fell on. The student believes that King would enjoy President Obama’s presence if he were alive today.

With MLK Day being a memorable one in the area, printing services will no doubt have come in handy for those who were there to capture the special day with their electronic devices.