Community activist recognized on MLK day

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) Annie Everly retired years ago after a 42-year career as a nurse at Mercy Hospital. But, the 85-year-old hasn't stopped working. She is involved in numerous community projects, including preparing and delivering food to the homeless.

"I think that I always had the will to work with people," said Everly.

Everly was given special recognition for her ongoing work during the Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast held at the Martin Luther King Community Center on East California Avenue.

The eldest of 10 children, Everly and all of her siblings attended college, nine graduated. While others found jobs elsewhere, Everly stuck to her roots in Bakersfield, working as a professional and getting involved as a community activist. She was elected the first woman president of the Kern County chapter of the NAACP. She recalls growing up on Williams Street on the city's east side, next door to a Mexican family.

"I didn't know that I was poor until I was an adult," she said.