CBC Vice President of Community Relations Paul Pope is an integral player in the Martin Luther King, Jr. celebrations in the Triangle each year, and this past MLK holiday received honors for his dedication. The Martin Luther King Jr. All Children’s Choir presented the Vee Stephenson Keeper of the Dream Award to Pope at their concert on concert on January 20, 2008.
The award is presented to the person that continues to support the efforts of the choir and is named for the organizer of the Children’s Choir, Vee Stephenson.
“Pope has done the most to help keep the dream alive for the choir,” said the presenters.
“This choir supports the dream of Dr. King to have our children out front and supportive their efforts,” said Pope. “Our Children are our future and we must protect, encourage and support our future. I’m a real support of youth program and efforts to spotlight our youth and showcase their talents!”
WRAL-TV’s Gerald Owens (left) & The Light 103.9’s Callie Douglas emcee the MLK Children’s Choir event.
WRAL-TV Anchor/Reporter Gerald Owens emceed the event along with Callie Douglas from The Light 103.9. Owens has hosted for the past four years.
“I remember being backstage when it was announced that Paul would be receiving the award,” said Owens. “And typical of his unwavering modesty, he seemed embarrassed to get it. Paul does so much for this community he probably doesn’t realize how much others appreciate it. He’s a real ambassador for Capitol Broadcasting.”
The Martin Luther King Jr. All Children’s Choir performs on the Sunday of MLK weekend each year in downtown Raleigh. The first concert took place in 2002, with CBC as a major sponsor of the performance. CBC has remained a sponsor each year.