Main Line MLK Association to Honor Vickers, Holland During Annual Celebration This Sunday

Posted January 17th, 2008 at 4:22 pm.

Bryn Mawr College President Nancy J. Vickers; Wendell F. Holland, chair of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission; and the organization “Men in Action” are being honored at this year’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day program hosted by the Main Line Martin Luther King Association in conjunction with Bryn Mawr College.

The program, to be followed by a reception, will be held in Goodhart Hall at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20. Admission is free and open to the public.

The event will be emceed by NBC-10 reporter Monique Braxton and feature guest speaker Bilal Abdul Qayyum, Economic Development Administrator for the Department of Commerce of the City of Philadelphia, president of the Father’s Day Rally Committee, and co-chair of Men United for a Better Philadelphia.

Entertainment will include performances by the Main Line Interdenominational Choir and the Bryn Mawr Mainliners. The winners of the Main Line MLK Association’s 2007-08 academic collegiate scholarship will be recognized.

Vickers will be stepping down as president of Bryn Mawr College on June 30 after leading the College for 11 years. During her tenure, the College has substantially increased its recruitment of students of color. Vickers was recently honored by the Posse Foundation for her support of that program, which began partnering with the College in 2001. The Posse program allows a group of about 10 students recruited from Boston public schools to attend Bryn Mawr each year on full scholarships. Vickers has also been an outspoken supporter of affirmative-action policies in admissions and worked to increase cross-cultural communication on campus.

Holland is a former judge and has held several executive positions throughout his career. He has served on the board of several Main Line organizations, including the Agnes Irwin School and the Bryn Mawr Trust. His professional and volunteer efforts have been recognized by many groups, including Rutgers Law School, which awarded him the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Champions for Justice and Equality Award, and the Boy Scouts of America Cradle of Liberty Chapter, which presented him the 2007 Whitney M. Young Service Award.

Men in Action is a local group created several years ago to share issues and concerns of importance to African-American men. The group is devoted to self-empowerment, and creating a positive presence in the neighborhood. Its outreach activities have included a Sunday-afternoon father-and-son baseball program, a father/son and men-and-boys swim time at the Ardmore Ave. Pool, Saturday community clean-ups, and trips to local sporting events. Men in Action currently provides a mentoring program for middle-school boys that meets twice a month to enhance self-esteem, encourage academic excellence, and introduce them to activities outside of the neighborhood.

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