Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

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January 15, 2013

Minister to speak at annual MLK luncheon

Focus on community working together


Minister Tamera Nalls is scheduled to speak at the annual Martin Luther King Luncheon held at 11:45 a.m. Monday at the East Cleburne Community and Recreation Center.

Nalls is the founder and CEO of Journey of a Young Lady Inc., a leadership organization that provides innovative leadership opportunities in communities. 

“What we look for is people who are trying to do positive things in the communities and who have a heart for the communities,” said ECCC board member and luncheon co-chair Annie Thompson. “[Nalls] is trying to do something positive and make a difference.” 

The luncheon’s theme is “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” Nalls is going to speak to attendees on the importance of teaching area youth the value of giving back, Thompson said. 

Luncheon chair Willie M. Baldwin said she believes the message will touch not only those who attend but spread to others throughout the city. 

“When I get to talking about young people, there is so much going on,” Baldwin said. “If we don’t get out there and try to steer them in the right way, we’re going to lose a whole bunch of them.” 

Nalls, a wife and mother of three, is completing the theological program at the Howard Thurman Bible Institute in Dallas and has been a minister for more than 25 years. Through her organization, she seeks to empower the next generation of character-centered young women through speaking engagements, training, parent workshops and panels. 

Thompson said that, if nothing else, she hopes that luncheon attendees feel a desire to volunteer with area organizations. 

“I hope they take away the positive message and the desire to do something,” she said, “It may not be volunteering at ECCC or at the Salvation Army ... just give a little bit of their time, money, whatever they have to donate. Ensure it makes a positive difference, whatever that means in their world.” 

The luncheon is free to everyone, with food provided by the ECCC board. RSVP is not required. The ECCC is located at 304 Trinity St. in Cleburne. 

For more information on Nalls, visit 

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