Gulf Coast Chamber event honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber hosted their annual networking event at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum in Biloxi.

For the first time ever, the Chamber after 5 event honored Dr. Martin Luther King by celebrating art and culture.

Judging by the crowds in the lobby area, it was a success. While networking, members viewed the different works and could even speak with the artist about their inspiration.

Organizers choose to display various works of art because of how art influences society by translating experiences.

News 25 spoke to a couple of artists whose work was displayed. For them, it’s a privilege to be a part of any evening remembering their hero, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award-winning Photographer D’Artagnan Winford said, “Most of my pictures feature women, women of color primarily because the women who raised me, also I just want my daughters to be able to see themselves in the work that I do.”

Award-winning Poet Nita Chase said, “Dr. King is one of my heroes. I’m a poet and I love expressing myself in the art. It’s my pleasure. I love to write inspirational, motivational words for people to be encouraged and powerful and be great.”

The event was put on with the help of the Legacy Business League, a chamber organization dedicated to the advancement of minorities in business and education on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. They hope members acknowledge the accomplishments of social injustices as well as the work that still needs to be done.

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