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SABCA mission is to empower and encourage

From left at the March of Dimes event are: Kenny Miranda; Deyona Winton, 4th quarter; Jennifer Evans, 4th quarter; Judith Zephirin, 5th quarter; Kanema Morrison, 8th quarter; and Jennifer Miranda, 8th quarter.
Students at March of Dimes event holding Palmer banner

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” Kanema Morrison, president of the Student American Black Chiropractic Association (SABCA) on Palmer’s Florida Campus said, “One of the reasons I took on this leadership position is that I believe in empowering and encouraging our students to do more for their community. I feel that America’s new foundation will be built one community at a time … and that starts with us.”

SABCA, formerly known as the Harvey Lillard Society, was established in memory of the first chiropractic patient. Its purpose is to aid in the recruitment of African-Americans and other minorities into the chiropractic profession.

Joining Ms. Morrison on the Florida Campus SABCA executive board are Teri Payton, D.C., faculty advisor, William Peterson III, vice president, and Jennifer Miranda, communications officer. Some of the volunteer projects that SABCA has conducted for the community include:

  • Mentoring at The Delta Academy, created by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, which focuses on at risk females ages 11-14;
  • Participating in the Girl and Boy Scouts’ “Scouting for Food” drive, which assists families in need as well as Volusia County’s Second Harvest Food Bank;
  • Participating in the March of Dimes “March for Babies” barbecue fundraiser and walk;
  • Donating to the Palmer Clinic Abroad Program Florida Campus group trip;
  • Donating to the Haiti Relief Fund;
  • Assisting the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life by teaming up with other Palmer students to camp out at a local park and walk or run in the relay; and
  • Providing financial support and volunteers for the Annual Freemanville Day, an event held in honor of the City of Port Orange’s African-American heritage, which is connected to the freed slaves who came to the area in 1867 to work for the Florida Land and Lumber Company.
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