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April 4th Foundation Annual Commemorative Awards Banquet

Reverend Johnson Saulsberry did it again with an award winning program designed to uplift, inspire and rejuvenate the human spirit. The April 4th Foundation's mission is to provide an organized platform for the encouragement, creation and support of commemorative historical and educational programs on the anniversary of the tragic assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4th, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. One of the central themes "Tell the story, pass it on" flowed throughout the night where the over 850 attendees all repeated the catch phrase. The 24th Annual Commemorative Awards Banquet was all about 'Reconciliation, Reaffirmation and Renewal".

The keynote speaker, Dr. Tommie 'Tanae' Stewart spoke eloquently on a sub-theme of the

event, The Glass is Shattered, But Not Broken but her mantra throughout her speech was,

"Trouble Don't Last Always". You know Dr. Stewart from her role as Samuel Jackson's wife in "A Time to Kill" also on Chuck Norris' Texas Ranger and the movie Mississippi Burning.

She also spent years in the post educational system as a professor of speech and drama at Jackson State for 23 years and as Chair of Speech and Drama Dept. at Alabama State for 25 years. She is also a curator advisor to Black Museums.

Judge Mablean Ephriam spoke, you remember her role in Divorce Court on Fox TV. She now has her own show called Justice with Judge Mablean, produced by Byron Allen. She operates youth programs in Los Angeles CA. The no nonsense judge has written and published two books, 'Judge Mab lean's Life Lessons: 52 Tools for Weekly Living'' and ''Look Deep Before You Leap: Heed the Red flag Warnings to Avoid Unhealthy Relationships''. Both books are available on her website: and on ''Look Deep'' is also available as an audiobook on

Enjoy some of the photos of the event.

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