LegacyKeepers R Us Awards to Honor Youth, Youth Programs, and More

Feb. 2 – Youth Programs and Young Pacesetters will be among those honored on Saturday at a Cupcakes and Hot Chocolate LegacyKeepers R Us Awards event.

“Our focus is the next generations,” said ShIronbutterfly Ray, founder and organizer of LegacyKeepers.

The awards show will take place Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center.

The program will honor three Young Pacesetters, youth who have made a contribution to Muskogee over the past year. They are Davyon Johnson, a sixth-grader, who saved two people in one day last December; Sadler Arts Academy third-grade student Nahla Boulware, who collected socks for Gospel Rescue Mission and Women in Safe Home; Raylynn Thompson, a valedictorian of Muskogee High’s 2019 class who received 64 college offers, then presented a workshop earlier this year on how to find scholarships. Thompson, who now attends Alcorn State University, will send a video acceptance, Ray said.

The program will also honor five youth programs.

“We have the BRICK Optimist, they have a contest coming up this month,” Ray said. BRICK stands for Build Real Inspiration while Coaching Kids.

Awards will also be presented to the Rougher Alternative Academy, which participated in a cleanup and restoration at Booker T. Washington Cemetery; Muskogee Youth Volunteer Corps, which was awarded Affiliate of the Year at a recent YVC Summit; and the No Speed ​​Limit Track Club, a youth track club run by brothers Ron and Don Mayes.

Ray said a fifth program to honor is Juice Radio Show, “where we have young people learning about broadcasting and community issues.”

“Right now it’s in Tulsa, but we want to start one in Muskogee,” she said.

The program will honor three legends – Muskogee natives or long-time residents of the Muskogee area who have made a difference in the community or state. They are Melony Carey, former Muskogee Public Schools educator, writer and community volunteer; Marilynn Duncan, a Muskogee native and dean of the behavioral and social sciences division at Eastern State College from 1984 to 2017; Margrett Oberly Kelley, secretary of the Muskogee Oklahoma Native American Association, who served as secretary/treasurer of the Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI) for 25 years.

The program will also mark Muskogee’s 150th anniversary by focusing on family history.

Ray said she encourages people to create storyboards about their families or a historical Muskogee event or celebration.

“You can be part of our ‘Time Capsule’ documentary by creating a Legacy exhibit of your family or a past event or celebration (which no longer exists) or a current event,” he said. she said in a post on Facebook. She said the signs will be installed at 10 a.m. Saturday and will be on display at the MLK Center or the Three Rivers Museum through February.

Sarah Megan Kelley, Edwyna Synar and Kelvin Brown will do oral “story bites” with their storyboards, Ray said.

“A bite of history is a piece of history, mostly it’s personal or an event or a place,” Ray said.

There will also be a cupcake contest.

“Everyone who submits at least 12 cupcakes for guests can decorate and submit a cupcake for our contest,” Ray said. “That way everyone can vote on how they look.”

If you are going to

WHAT: Legacy Keepers Awards Ceremony.

WHEN: 1 p.m. on Saturday.

WHERE: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 300 W. Martin Luther King St.

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