Niagara Gazette

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January 15, 2014

Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration honors those that serve community

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Niagara Gazette — Like Brosmer, the Davis family is unsure of the attention these recognitions bring. It's because, as Matthew Davis said, the venture into helping feed the needy more than 30 years ago was never about self-promotion. It's a mission, a calling, Yvonne had to be a very real source of empowerment in a community filled with need.

"We're both very appreciative to be honored, but we don't do this for the limelight," Matthew Davis said. "We don't like to toot our own horn. We do (this work) because the need's there."

As for Jenkins, a 17-year-old senior at the high school, he's envisioning himself providing services to his community as well. He's active in volunteer organizations across the region, including Leadership Niagara's Youth Program and Slapshot, a Rotary club that meets in Canada. He's also a dedicated member of his church, Word of Life Ministries on Hyde Park Boulevard, where he's also a youth service teacher.

But it's this aspiring college student's presence in the school's musicals and drama productions that's given him a well-rounded approach to life and helped him realize exactly what he's capable of in both school and life.

It's all made an impression on his principal, Eddie Scott, who said Jenkins is a great fit for this year's Youth Civil Rights Award.

"I believe he is an excellent choice for this year's award because I think he's the type of student to give back to his community as he continues to progress both educationally and socially," Scott said. "He's the type of student that demonstrates a lot of the characteristics Martin Luther King Jr. advocated for."

Jenkins, meanwhile, praised his mother, Pamela Rankin, his grandmother, Patricia Rankin and sister, Shantrece Jenkins, for their presences in his life.

In addition to the award recipients, the community celebration will also feature the Rev. Jeff Carter, pastor of Ephesus Ministries on Grider Street in Buffalo, as keynote speaker. The Niagara Falls Housing Authority Youth Choir, under the direction of Diana M. Reeves, will return to perform on stage, as well.

Contact reporter Timothy Chipp at 282-2311, ext. 2251 or follow on Twitter @timchipp.

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