Rainbow PUSH chief to speak at banquet


Published: Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 2:18 p.m.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Florida will host its 21st Annual Hall of Fame Banquet at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Paramount Resort and Conference Center.
The theme for this year's banquet is "Empowerment for the Next Decade - Empowerment through Education." The keynote speaker will be Bonita Parker, chief operating officer of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, based in Chicago, Ill.
Before working for the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, Parker was the director of investments and economic empowerment at Salem Baptist Church of Chicago.
Parker gained 14 years of banking and investment experience at Northern Trust Co., where she was promoted to second vice president after starting there as an intern. She was also co-owner of Skills For Life Training Co.
During her career, Parker has served as a finance specialist in the Army Reserve for six years and held several positions with Urban Financial Services and American Bankers Association.
At the age of 30, Parker retired to start her own business. She is married with two children. She also serves as chief operating officer and national director of the One Thousand Churches Connected program, which is headquartered out the Rainbow Push Coalition offices.
Jacquelyn Hart-Williams, who served as director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission for 22 years before resigning in October 2005, will be inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Florida Hall of Fame.
Past inductees include Charles Chestnut III, Rosa B. Williams, Thomas Cowart and the Rev. T.A. Wright. The first inductee into the hall of fame was the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Tickets to the event are no longer available. The hotel is located at 2900 SW 13th St.
For more information, contact Jackie Hart-Williams at (352) 376-2442 or (352) 264-6956.
Teresa D. Southern can be reached at (352) 337-0373 or at southet@gvilleguardian.com.

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