Thousands of area residents recently packed Owens Community College’s Student Health and Activities Center to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and watch four highly-touted boys high school basketball teams from Ohio and Michigan compete in the 2009 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Basketball Classic. All proceeds raised from the basketball doubleheader will benefit Northwest Ohio Black Media Association future scholarship initiatives.
“The Northwest Ohio Black Media Association is once again extremely thankful to Owens Community College and their staff for supporting the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Basketball Classic,” said Clyde Hughes, Northwest Ohio Black Media Association Co-Event Coordinator of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Basketball Classic. “Owens’ Student Health and Activities Center is a first-class facility and the perfect venue to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and raise funds for scholarships in his honor.”
The first varsity basketball game saw Scott lose to Akron Buchtel, 64-52. In the second varsity game, Ohio Division II state runner-up Libbey lost to Detroit Pershing, the Michigan Class A state runner-up, 86-57.
The Northwest Ohio Black Media Association, the Toledo-based affiliate of the National Association of Black Journalists, was founded in 1990 with the goals of strengthening ties among Black communicators, becoming an exemplary group of professionals that honor excellence and outstanding achievement by Black communicators, assisting in expanding job opportunities for black communicators, and identifying potential black communicators in local high schools and colleges.
For nearly two decades, the Northwest Ohio Black Media Association has played a very active role in many community outreach programs, which includes preparing students for careers in journalism through its Minority High School Journalism Workshop and helping the community learn more about the media through its community access seminars. The organization also provides thousands of dollars in scholarships annually and organizes debates and town hall meetings on an array of current event topics.