On Saturday, June 21, 2014 the Rev. Bennie R. Mitchell, Jr. Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Winter Beaton at the Bennie R. Mitchell Clergy/Leadership Prayer Breakfast as part of the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials (GABEO) Annual Summer
Convention. Held at Savannah State University, King Frazier Hall the prayer breakfast was coordinated Rev. Dr. Henry C. Flicklin with many members from Connor’s Temple Baptist Church and GABEO in attendance.
The Rev. Bennie R. Mitchell, Jr. Memorial Scholarship is presented annually to a graduating senior enrolled in a Chatham County public high school who exemplifies the values and ideals represented by Rev. Mitchell of showing service to others. Miss Beaton was identified by the Scholarship Board as having these qualities and plans to Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia in the fall.
In addition to the prayer breakfast, GABEO joined Connor’s Temple Baptist Church in morning worship service on Sunday, June 22, 2014 in memory of Rev. Mitchell to close their convention. The message, “Saving Eutychus” was delivered by Rev. Dr. Francys Johnson, NAACP Georgia president. GABEO was established in 1970 to teach Blacks how to become elected officials at all levels of Georgia government with the aim to provide exemplary representation for voters enhancing opportunities for all citizens.
The Scholarship Board is chaired by Dr. Blenda Wilson and Deacon Louis Fair. If you wish to make a contribution, you can mail your donation to The Savannah Community Foundation, 7393 Hodgson Memorial Drive, STE 294, Savannah, GA 31406, Attn: Mitchell Memory Scholarship.