Atlanta Teens Travel to Freedom Awards Gala in Memphis to Honor Mentor | People
ATLANTA -- A trip to Memphis this Saturday (November 12, 2011) for the Freedom Awards Gala at the Canon Center in Memphis--sponsored by the National Civil Right Museum--is a dream-come-true for 18 youths and 12 adult mentors from Atlanta. The group will attend a Gala honoring their 87 year old mentor—Dr. C.T. Vivian, Civil Rights icon and a close friend and lieutenant of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., as well as others from the American Civil Rights Movement.
Dr. Vivian, Hakim Hilliard and Don Rivers started the CT Vivian Leadership Institute's Male Scholars Program three years ago at Atlanta Preparatory Academy, which is located at 569 Martin Luther King in Atlanta to provide positive role models for young people across metro Atlanta. Dr. Lynette Walker, Chief Administrative Officer at the school, said, “to sit at the feet of living history has had a profound impact on these young men from several Atlanta communities who meet with Dr. Vivian and other mentors both weekdays and every Saturday at the school.”
Not only does Atlanta Preparatory Academy provide a free venue for the Male Scholars Program; but also its parent organization, Mosaica Education, Inc., will sponsor the Gala tickets, the bus trip, and the overnight accommodations for the group who will leave on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. from the school.
Mosaica (www.mosaicaeducation.com) has been a leader of educational reform internationally since 1997 with over 90 elementary, middle and high school programs around the world. Dr. Dawn Eidelman and Gene Eidelman, co-founders of Mosaica, will attend the Gala with the Male Scholars Program.
Other honorees include actors Danny Glover and Cicely Tyson, as well as organizations and individuals who have contributed to human rights, education, the arts, sports, community service and justice. (http://www.civilrightsmuseum.org/freedomawards/)