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April 4 Foundation Banquet set to honor Judge Mablean Ephraim, Mule Train Historical Society

The April 4th Foundation will host its annual banquet on April 4, 2024, to honor individuals and organizations who embody the spirit of civil rights advocacy and community empowerment.

The Awards Banquet will be held on April 4. 2024 at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. at 6:30 p.m. Visit https://www.april4thfoundation.org for more information.

This year’s ceremony recognizes Dr. Tommie Tonea Stewart, a renowned actress and academic, as the keynote speaker. Additionally, Judge Mablean Ephriam and the Mule Train Historical Society will receive the Open Door Award.

The April 4th Foundation, established to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., selects honorees who exemplify his commitment to equality and opportunity. The banquet serves as a platform to acknowledge their contributions and inspire continued progress.

Dr. Tommie Tonea Stewart’s diverse accomplishments make her an ideal keynote speaker. Beyond her acclaimed acting career on stage, television, and film, she holds a distinguished professorship at Alabama State University and has served as the Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Her dedication to education and leadership in the arts reflects a deep commitment to inspiring future generations.

Judge Mablean Ephriam, a legal professional known for her television roles, will receive the Open Door Award. This recognition highlights her journey from a Los Angeles prosecuting attorney to a successful private practice and renowned television judge. Beyond the legal field, her commitment shines through her non-profit, the Mablean Ephraim Foundation, which empowers Los Angeles County communities with education and economic development programs.

The Mule Train Historical Society, also receiving the Open Door Award, was founded to preserve the memory of the 1968 Mule Train protest for economic justice. Their continued work revitalizing education, reopening the Quitman Community Hospital, and addressing food insecurity in their community demonstrate their ongoing pursuit of Dr. King’s dream.

The April 4th Foundation banquet promises to be a night of celebration and inspiration, recognizing those who continue Dr. King’s legacy while paving the way for future generations to strive for equity and empowerment.

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