MLK Jr. Prayer Breakfast Honoree Speaks Out Against Violence

by Courtney Wheaton on January 16, 2014 at 6:54 am

A local woman is being honored at the 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast for her contributions to the community.

Kathy Dickinson is one of five adults in the area that will be recognized for their dedication to improving their surroundings. Dickinson and her daughter started the non-profit organization Zanesville Community of Voices after a tragic loss of a local youth due to violence.

"We started two years ago because there was a death in the community of a young man by the name of Donte Wolford and that’s why we started just because the crime and in the community," said Dickinson.

The group aims to keep children off the streets and provide them with fun and educational activities that inspire change.

"My most enjoyable thing that we have done is a summer lunch program and it ran for eight weeks in the summer and we took the kids different places around the community," said Dickinson.

She says if you are interested becoming a member of  the Zanesville Community of Voices  it is easy and anyone is welcome to join. The membership is $5 per person and they have meetings on the last Tuesday of every month at 502 Market Street. The MLK Jr. Prayer Breakfast will take place Monday morning at North Terrace Church of Christ at 9 a.m.