Press Release

Denny’s And The City Of Spartanburg Host Regional ‘Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Drum Major For Justice Advocacy Scholarship Competition’

America’s Diner hosts the annual competition for the 3rd consecutive year

For Immediate Release

Media Contacts:

Jillian Hutwagner
Erwin Penland

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (May 27, 2017) – Denny’s in partnership with the National Bar Association, South Carolina Black Lawyers Association, the Donald James Sampson Bar Association, the Spartanburg Chapter of the Links Inc. and the City of Spartanburg, is proud to host this year’s regional competition for the ‘Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Drum Major for Justice Advocacy Scholarship Competition.’

The Region IV (South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland) Oral Advocacy Competition will take place at Denny’s headquarters in Spartanburg where six outstanding students, five of whom are from South Carolina, will give oral presentations and present essay topics to a panel of judges.

“At Denny’s we are honored to host these six exceptional students for this year’s regional ‘Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Drum Major for Justice Advocacy Scholarship Program’,” said Tim Flemming, senior vice president and general counsel for Denny’s. “We are committed to supporting our surrounding communities and that includes promoting the importance of education and helping students achieve their goals with numerous opportunities like this competition.”

The students will compete for the chance to attend the national competition in Toronto, Canada from July 29 to Aug. 4 where he or she will have the chance to compete against winners from each participating region. The national competition will be judged with the same criteria as the regional competitions with a chance to win three grand-prize scholarships of $5,000, $3,500 and $2,000.

“To see these young people compete is very inspiring,” said Rosalyn Henderson Myers, Spartanburg lawyer and chair of the National Bar Association Women Lawyers Division. “This competition gives students an opportunity to showcase their written and oral talents to compete for college scholarships which can change the trajectory of their future. The National Bar Association is committed to facilitating a pipeline to higher education by reaching back to help the next generation reach their goals. We are quite honored to have the support of Denny’s as a partner.”

This year’s South Carolina competitors include Breana Dogan of Spartanburg County Early College, Justice Hill of Heathwood Hall, Shamaria Surrat of Gaffney High School, Caren Alexis McCollum of Dorman High School and KiAsia Lawson of Boiling Springs High School. One student from Maryland will also be competing; Amel Jones of Atholton High School.

The competition is designed to help high school students gain financial support to continue their education and focuses on enhancing communication skills through written essays and oral presentations on a pre-selected topic.

About Denny’s Corp.

Denny's Corporation is the franchisor and operator of one of America's largest full-service family restaurant chains, based on the number of restaurants. Denny's has approximately 1,700 franchised, licensed, and company restaurants around the world including 147 restaurants in Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, the Philippines, New Zealand, Honduras, the United Arab Emirates, Costa Rica, Guam, Guatemala, the United Kingdom, El Salvador, Indonesia, and Aruba. For further information on Denny's, including news releases, please visit the Denny's website at or the brand’s social channels via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, LinkedIn or YouTube.

About The National Bar Association

Founded in 1925, the National Bar Association is celebrating 90 years as the nation’s oldest and largest national network of predominantly African-American attorneys, judges, law professors. With more than 60,000 members, the NBA is organized around 23 substantive law sections, nine divisions, 12 regions and 80 affiliate chapters throughout the United States and around the world. For more information, please visit