Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Luncheon

Attendees at Dr. MLK Luncheon
DSCC welcomes guest speaker and U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton III

U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton III was the guest speaker at the Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Luncheon Jan. 12 at Dyersburg State Community College (DSCC) inside the E.H. Lannom, Jr. Gymnasium. The event was co-hosted by DSCC and the Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce.

Guests enjoyed a special performance by the Dyersburg High School Advanced Choir, led by Director Christopher Davis. Opening remarks were given by Danny Watson, board chairman of the Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce, followed by an invocation by Rev. Ed White of First United Methodist Church in Dyersburg.

Stanton spoke on what he thought Dr. King’s message would be in this day and time if he were still here. He stated that he believed he would want us to major in the three C’s: the Courage to lead; the Commitment to serve; and the Compassion for our fellow man.

“We should never confuse the notion of ‘I’ve made it’ with ‘I’ve got it made,’” stated Stanton. “I believe that Dr. King would remind us that we should never just focus on our profession or jobs solely for the purported title and prestige. We must never forget to have compassion.”

Stanton is a lifelong Memphian and graduate of Central High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Memphis in 1994 and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Memphis School of Law in 1997. On April 14, 2010, he was nominated for the position of United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee. In this position, Stanton is the chief federal law enforcement officer within the 22 counties that comprise the Western District of Tennessee.

In 2005, Stanton received the Memphis Bar Association’s Sam A. Myar, Jr. Award – one of the highest honors bestowed annually upon a lawyer for outstanding legal and community service. Stanton has launched a number of highly successful initiatives including a dedicated Civil Rights Unit, which has become a nationally recognized leader for its efforts in prosecuting sex trafficking crimes.

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Photo Caption:

DSC0084.jpg – Guest speaker U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton III (shown third from left), poses with (L to R) Dr. Karen Bowyer, president of DSCC, City of Dyersburg Mayor John Holden, City of Newbern Mayor Justin Wright, Newbern Police Chief Richard Barnes, and Dyersburg Police Chief Steve Isbell during DSCC’s Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Luncheon.