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Palm Beach State College set to hold annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration

Palm Beach State College is honoring six people and organizations as part of its 23rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. One of the honorees is the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County. The Literacy Coalition has been helping children and adults in Palm Beach County learn English and better improve their literary skills. The nonprofit has been established for 33 years and claims to have improved the literacy of just under 47,000 Palm Beach County families and individuals last year.

BJ “Buddie” Penn is the keynote speaker of the event. Penn was appointed acting Secretary of the Navy in 2009 after serving 4 years as Assistant Secretary of the Navy. During his time as acting secretary, Penn oversaw the realignment of 8,000 US forces in Japan. He is currently the CEO of Genesis IV, an executing consulting firm located in Washington, DC.

The event, themed “Resilience and Empowerment: Moving Forward Together,” will be held Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 11:00 a.m. at the Duncan Theatre in Lake Worth. It is free and open to the public, but RSVP is requested if you are interested in attending. Click here to RSVP. The event will also be live streamed on the Palm Beach State College website.

Palm Beach State College serves around 40,000 students annually. Established in 1933, it is Florida’s first public community college and offers more than 130 programs of study over five locations throughout the county.


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