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January 21st, 2013 at 7:30 a.m. – Sheraton Waterside, Norfolk

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (Dec. 10, 2012) – Tidewater Community College and the Urban League of Hampton Roads will host the 29th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Leaders’ Breakfast on Jan 21 at 7:30 a.m. at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside.

“As the lead university partner for 2013, Tidewater Community College embodies the legacy of Dr. King through its exemplary commitment to equality,” said Edith G. White, Urban League President/CEO. “It’s a privilege to work with the TCC administration, committee volunteers and our honorary chair, Martee Pierson, Director of Diversity Programs, Liberty Tax Service, to present this tribute to the work of Dr. King.”

Inspired by the work of Martin Luther King Jr., the breakfast recognizes the distinguished service of citizens contributing to the improvement of society. The event is annually sponsored by a local college or university with more than 600 community leaders generally in attendance.

“TCC is honored to support the work of the Urban League of Hampton Roads on this day dedicated to remembering Dr. King's inspiration and honoring those leaders in our community who work to carry on his legacy,” said TCC President Edna Baehre-Kolovani. “I am a longtime admirer of Dr. King, whose humility and vision are qualities we should all strive to emulate.”

This year’s event, themed “Live the Dream,” features Lisa M. Hicks-Thomas, Secretary of Administration for the Commonwealth of Virginia, as keynote speaker.  Hicks-Thomas is a native of Chesapeake and oversees a number of state agencies, including the Department of General Services, the State Board of Elections, the Department of Minority Business Enterprise and the Department of Human Resource Management.

Anyone interested in attending the 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Leaders’ Breakfast can contact Lessie Bowser-Wharton at the Urban League of Hampton Roads at (757) 627-0864 to make reservations.


Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - served more than 46,000 students in 2010-11. The 16th highest associate-degree producer in the nation, TCC offers more than 150 programs including business administration, culinary arts, general studies, modeling and simulation, network security, nursing, and automotive technology. Among the fastest-growing two-year institutions in the United States, TCC was founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System. The college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in Norfolk’s theater district, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth, the Regional Automotive Center in Chesapeake, and the Regional Health Professions Center and the Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach, as well as the Regional Workforce Solutions Center in Suffolk. Forty-five percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit