Bristol Community College

Bristol Community College

Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast on January 21

Dr. Donald R. Monteiro will give the keynote address at Bristol Community College’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Community Breakfast. Mohamed Kante’07 will be named the 2013 Distinguished African American Alumnus of the Year.

Dr. Monteiro, a Navy corpsman who served in Vietnam with the Marines and Navy, began his college education at Cape Cod Community College, where he earned an associate’s degree in Nursing. Mr. Monteiro then transferred to Boston University to earn a B.A in Biology, and to the University of Massachusetts Medical School for his M.D. Dr. Monteiro received the Navy Commendation Medal and the Cape Cod Community College Citizen of the Year Award. Dr. Monteiro currently works in private practice at Malden OB/GYN Associates in Malden, Massachusetts.

Mohamed Kante ‘07 graduated from Bristol Community College with an associate’s degree in Electrical Engineering. He excelled in his courses at BCC before transferring to Northeastern University to earn his bachelor’s degree in Science, Electrical Engineering. While at Northeastern, Mohamed developed an advanced robotic arm to assist disabled people, while part of senior capstone project team. Mohamed is currently a test engineer (DFx & Embedded Test) at EMC, as well as a project manager at Youth Action Africa. Inc.

Appearing this time for the first time to provide the music for the breakfast is Sharon Mazysk, a Gospel singer from East Providence, RI. She will sing two numbers, including “Precious Lord,” which was Dr. King’s favorite hymn.

This year, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s March on Birmingham, several BCC students will perform parts of Dr. King’s most famous speech, “I have a dream.”.

While the breakfast and festivities remain free, the College’s Civic Engagement office is asking attendees to bring donations of new socks and underwear, birthday gifts, toothbrushes, toothpaste, other toiletries, baby safety items, arts and crafts supplies, school supplies, and gift cards for teens. Gifts will be delivered to New Bedford for the MLK activities sponsored by Southcoast Serves.

The breakfast will be held on Monday, January 21, 2013, and is free and open to the community. The event begins at 8:30 a.m., with music, awards, and celebration, followed by an ecumenical service at the Bethel A.M.E. Church in Fall River.

For more information contact Kevin Spirlet, at 508.678.2811 ext. 3361.