CENTRAL BROOKLYN MARTIN LUTHER KING COMMISSION

aka Martin Luther King Commission   |   Brooklyn, NY   |  www.cbmlkcommission.org

Mission

Founded by the late Congressman Major Owens, the Commission's mission is to promote critical thinking about social justice through examinations of the life and work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ruling year info

1995

President

Mr. Christopher R. Owens

Chair, Development Committee

Ms. Linda Gaddy

Main address

316 State Street

Brooklyn, NY 11201 USA

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EIN

11-3133360

NTEE code info

Intergroup/Race Relations (R30)

Leadership Development (W70)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

IRS filing requirement

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Annual Essay, Poetry, Art & Speech Contests

The Commission sponsors an annual essay, poetry and art contest for Brooklyn's elementary, middle and high school students. A speech contest has been added for 11th Grade students.

The contest asks participants to draw upon the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. when addressing the challenges of today -- and to include their own perspectives in their work.

Winners receive public recognition and a cash award. Most importantly, they have a priceless experience as part of their lives. In its 31-year history, more than 10,000 students have participated in the Commission’s contests and other activities. More than $200,000 in cash awards and prizes have been distributed to participating students

Critical thinking about the struggle to achieve social justice is critically important for the young people of today.

Population(s) Served

The Central Brooklyn Martin Luther King Commission is partnering with the YWCA of Brooklyn to expand the scope of our College Prep Program. We meet on selected Saturdays, starting September 12, 2015, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the YWCA of Brooklyn, 30 Third Avenue at Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, New York.

For more complete information, call 347-599-2061
or send an email to [email protected]

The Commission has contracted with Ms. Judee Rosenbaum, former English teacher and Scholarship Adviser at the Brooklyn College Academy High School, to be the Coordinating Supervisor of our 2015-2016 College Prep Program.

The Commission's College Prep Program includes working directly with 35 students (and their parents, when appropriate) to address the following:

Understand and complete college applications
Write college essays
Prepare for college interviews
Apply for scholarships and financial aid
And more ...

The College Prep Team will advocate with appropriate institutions to help our students secure college admissions and funding.

​ The program is free to the schools and families that participate.

The Commission wishes to thank the YWCA of Brooklyn for its partnership in this endeavor and its general support of the Commission's work.

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CENTRAL BROOKLYN MARTIN LUTHER KING COMMISSION

Board of directors
as of 5/16/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Christopher Owens

Asbury Shepard-El

Norva Butler

Justin Manning

Christian Paylor-Smith

Marsha Borenstein

Maurice Reid

Linda Gaddy

Teresa Snyder

Evangeline Byars

Eddye Elijah

Edena Gill

Dulce Grizzle

Lorrelle Henry

Evy Papillon-Juste

Annie Stevenson-King

Simone Waugh

Sylvia Whiteside

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No