This Week in Houston’s Buzz: Northeast YMCA’s 28th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast and More!

Northeast YMCA’s 28th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner posing with attendees at MLK YMCA Breakfast

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner posing with attendees at MLK YMCA Breakfast

On Saturday, January 7, 2017, the 28th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Benefiting the Northeast YMCA was held at the DoubleTree – Hilton Houston Intercontinental Airport. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner gave the keynote address and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee gave a certificate of recognition to the Northeast YMCA for their outstanding work in the community and for keeping Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy alive. Notable attendees included Texas State Rep. Senfronia Thompson and also Laura Whitley who served as the program’s mistress of ceremonies. Congrats to all of the honorees including the Humble-Kingwood Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated!

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee presenting certificate of recognition to the Northeast YMCA

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee presenting certificate of recognition to the Northeast YMCA

Humble/Kingwood Chapter of Jack & Jill of America Inc. receiving honor at MLK Breakfast

Humble/Kingwood Chapter of Jack & Jill of America Inc. receiving honor at MLK Breakfast


Hidden Figures Film Screening

Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated

Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated

On Sunday, January 8, 2017, I joined more than 400 members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated across the Houston area who watched the iconic film Hidden Figures at the AMC 24 Theatre in Sugarland, Texas. The film Hidden Figures depicts three brilliant African-American women who worked at NASA during a time of racial tensions in the United States. All three ladies who work at NASA as the movie portrays all are members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated and are Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe). These incredible women serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in our nation’s history and also were instrumental in the launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) into orbit. A panel discussion immediately followed the film that included Dr. Jeanette Epps (NASA Astronaut), Dr. Polly Sparks Turner (Former TSU STEM Professor), Macresia Alibaruho (NASA Aerospace Engineer) & Cindy George (Reporter Houston Chronicle). For more information about this iconic film Hidden Figures visit their website at www.nasa.gov/modernfigures.