By: Mary Benton

The North Houston Frontiers Club, Inc., under the leadership of president Donnell Cooper, hosted the 29th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Scholarship Breakfast earlier today.

Nearly two-thousand people attended the inspirational event to honor and celebrate the life and legacy of the  late civil rights leader.

“Celebrate the Dream Through Scholarship” was the theme of the breakfast which featured Mayor Sylvester Turner as the keynote speaker. Mayor Turner gave a rousing speech about the need to expand opportunities in housing, employment and education to fulfill Dr. King’s dream.

Houston entertainment attorney, Ricky Anderson is this year’s recipient of the “Drum Major” Award.

Anderson’s law firm represents celebrities including comedian-actor Steve Harvey and gospel singer Yolanda Adams.

The breakfast drew a who’s who of Houston’s political, community and law enforcement leadership, including Houston City Council members Dwight Boykins, Larry Green, Dave Martin and Micheal Kubosh.

Also spotted in the crowd; Police Chief Art Acevedo, HISD Trustee Rhonda Skillern Jones, Dallas Jones, HEB’s Winell Herron, Genora Boykins, Levi Benton, Keith Davis, Vernita Davis, Jeff Mosley and Burt Levin, and many other members of the community.

Houston Defender Network CEO Sonny Messiah Jiles and her husband, Jodie Jiles, were the honorary chairs of the breakfast.