Guam honored Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy and the Obama victory - the first African American and the 44th president of the United States with a Countdown Inauguration Tuesday evening, January 20, 2009 at the Sheraton Laguna Guam Resort. The Countdown Inauguration was informal but a gala affair with food, drinks and entertainment that was organized by committee members: Kathy Davis-Finch, Pattie Arroryo and Josh Tenorio.
The Countdown reception also highlighted a special ceremony for Dr. Marilyn Malloy Jackson, for two decades that she has honored her African American culture and Dr. King, the 1964 Nobel Prize Winner and the first African American to be honored by a national holiday.
The special ceremony included senators: J. Guthertz, F. Aguon, B.J. Cruz, Muna-Barnes, Pangelinan and R. Respicio. Senators commended and gave recognition to Dr. Jackson with a Legislative Certificate for her "extra ordinary vision and her relentless determination for celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday for over two decades."
Dr. Jackson is a University of Guam professor and a Guam resident and educator for over 40 years. Dr. Jackson's recognition and commendation expressed on behalf of the Guam Legislature stated, Dr. Jackson embodies the call to action as expressed by President elect Barrack Obama:
"if one voice can change a room, then it can change a city; if it can change a city, then it can change a state; if it can change a state, it can change the country; if it can the country, then it can change the world. Let's go change the world."
Dr. Marilyn Malloy Jackson was awarded by the 30th Guam Legislature for her community accomplishments, commitment, and dedication in celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 20, 2009 at the Sheraton Hotel. Pictured above left to right: Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, Dr. Jose Cruz, Dr. Jackson, and Julia Allen.
Dr. Marilyn Malloy Jackson and ACEI Officers celebrate President Barack Obama's victory and a special MLK award given to Dr. Jackson on January 20, 2009. Pictured above left to right: Beauty Letewasiyal, Secretary; Dr. Jackson, ACEI Advisor and award recipent; Nakita Braganza, Public Relations Officer; Alicia Quintanilla, President; Ewalani Escrupulo, Vice President; and Kimberlie Castro, Treasurer. Not pictured are Vaughn Baisa, Public Relations Officer; Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, ACEI Advisor; and Asherdee Rosete, ACEI Advisor.