Pooles honored at Dr. King breakfast

By Daniel Richardson

On Monday morning, Jan. 21, area residents gathered at the Seaford Golf and Country Club to recognize, honor and remember the prominent civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and to recognize two prominent Seaford community members, Norman and Rose Poole. Seaford Mayor Ed Butler and state Rep. Danny Short were in attendance as well as members of the city council, including Rhea Shannon, Michael Vincent, Grace Peterson, Leanne Phillips-Lowe and Pat A. Jones. Seaford City employees, such as City Manager Dolores Slatcher and Police Chief Gary Morris, also came out to join in the celebration. The keynote speaker was the Rev. John G. Moore, Sr., a Philadelphia native, who currently is the Regional Resource Development Manager for the Kent and Sussex County United Way. Moore delivered an address laced with excerpts from King speeches. When Moore quoted King, he would become the character of King, imitating his voice and movements. Moore slipped into character and quoted King, saying, "I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land. And I'm happy, tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord."

Moore followed with "what powerful words from a man who did not know that tomorrow would be his last day." Moore quoted from many of Dr. King's speeches and also performed an excerpt from the famous "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," an open letter written by Dr. King in 1963 while he was in jail after a protest for segregation in which Dr. King asserts that "one has a moral obligation to disobey unjust laws." This year's M.L.K. Community Recognition Award was given to two Seaford community leaders and educators, Norman and Rose Poole. Rep. Short read a state tribute to the couple and Mayor Butler read a proclamation from the city of Seaford. Rose Poole thanked her family, some of whom had travelled from as far away as Georgia, for being there to celebrate the award with them. She expressed her love for education by saying that "Everybody in the world, if you have received any education at all, have had a teacher. I think being a teacher is the greatest job you can have." Norman Poole, who told a story of the time he met Dr. King while in college and shook his hand, choked back tears as he accepted the award. Some of the students he had during his 24 years as a math teacher at Seaford Junior High were sitting in the room that morning. The ceremony ended with Bryan Nixon reciting the "I Have a Dream" speech. The celebration then moved to Seaford High School where attendants could browse vendor and information booths, enjoy arts and crafts or be entertained by poetry, dance or music.

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