MOUNT VERNON — The Martin Luther King Legacy Committee hosted the 14th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Breakfast on the campus of Kenyon College on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017.
The breakfast panel brought eight community members to the table to talk about how Knox County can work together to fulfill Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream in the local community.
Presented by MVNU and Kenyon College, the Community and College Panel included MVNU President Dr. Henry Spaulding; Kenyon College President Dr. Sean Decatur; Mayor Richard K. Mavis, City of Mount Vernon; Tamara Parson Anderson, Diversity Coalition of Knox County; Rev. Scott Elliott, First Congregational United Church of Christ; Michelle Belt, Knox Community Hospital; Superintendent Bill Seder, Mount Vernon City Schools; and Chief Roger Monroe, Mount Vernon Police Department.
In addition, the panel discussed the importance of collaboration in the community. Key takeaways were that education is essential; from elementary to higher education, students are to listen, think, have empathy and understanding, and be aware of one another. Knox County citizens can take advantage of community events, speak up and get involved in something that matters to them, and work together to achieve peaceful solutions. Services and businesses in the community must continue to provide safe places for victims to find hope and be treated with dignity and respect.
Essay Contest Awards were presented to three local high school students from Mount Vernon City Schools. Taelyn King placed first, Cailyn Kennedy placed second, and Savannah Haist placed third.
First-Knox National Bank Book Scholarships of $100 each were awarded to MVNU students, Madeline Quinn and Angela Flach; and Kenyon College students, Winnie Thaw, Michaela Jenkins, and Jorge Sebastian Chavez Erazo. The Beulah Apostolic Award of Excellence was presented to Dr. Clara Roman-Odio, Professor of Spanish and Director of Latino/a Studies with a specialty in literature and society in late-20th century at Kenyon College.
The closing prayer was presented by Rev. Kevin Peterson, Mount Vernon Nazarene University.
Information for this story was provided by Mount Vernon Nazarene University.