Jacquie “Lady J” Jeffers of Elm City has been reappointed to a second term on the N.C. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission.
Jeffers said she wants to take her classroom experiences of teaching students about the famous “I Have a Dream” speech to a larger level.
“Being a part of a state commission is a tremendous honor,” Jeffers said. “When I was sworn in at the governor’s office, it was a defining moment to be diligent in assisting everyone to understand the impact of what Dr. King did as a leader of the greatest movement in history for equality.”
Because of her efforts of incorporating diversity the community, Jeffers is a 2013 finalist for the state’s highest volunteer honor, The John R. Larkins Award.
She wrote a song and filmed a video entitled “Share the Dream,” which included people of all ages and cultures saying the words “share the dream” in support of making the world a better place. National celebrities such as Terrence J of 106 & Park and E!, Kim Coles of “Soul Man” and “Living Single,” Grammy Award Winning Jazz singer-pianist Rachel Ferrell and Christopher “Play” Martin of Kid & Play participated in the project.
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Local participants include news anchors John Clark of WTVD News Channel 11, Tom Suiter and Gerald Owens of WRAL TV, and Brian Dawson of K97.5. Jeffers has performed “Share the Dream” in various cities in North Carolina and at The Rosa Parks Museum in Montgomery, Ala. As an educator, Jeffers said she feels that students need to know about the diligent work of King before the day off for the holiday.
“How can you possibly know the impact of his work and enjoy this national holiday unless you understand the sacrifices that he and other made for all of us?” she asked. “This may be a day out of school or off work, but it would be extremely inspiring to get involved in a community service project. Some examples are assisting the elderly, reading to children or volunteering at a homeless shelter. The King Holiday should be the beginning of a year-long project.”