Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration | January 19, 2021
Join us online for the 15th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration
MNU honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during our Gathering Chapel, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, at 9:30 a.m., livestreamed from College Church of the Nazarene in Olathe. Join MNU students, faculty, staff and community leaders by livestream.
Each year at this event MNU presents its Martin Luther King Jr. Living Legacy Award. And the Martin Luther King Jr. Leader Scholars are recognized at the event. MNU established this scholarship program for persons from diverse ethnicities who wish to emulate Dr. King’s passion for learning and servant leadership. MNU Leader Scholars maintain their scholarship award by demonstrating academic and leadership qualities during their university studies.
Dr. Tiffany Anderson
Speaker & Living Legacy Award Recipient
Dr. Tiffany Anderson is the first African American female superintendent of Topeka Public schools. A public school educator for over 27 years, Dr. Anderson advises Kansas on postsecondary and equity policies. She was appointed by Kansas Governor Laura Kelly, to the Postsecondary Technical Education Authority (TEA), as part of the Kansas Board of Regents and to Co-Chair the Governor’s Kansas Commission on Racial Equity and Justice.
While superintendent in Virginia, Dr. Anderson led Montgomery County Public Schools in earning the Virginia Governor’s Competence to Excellence Award. As superintendent in Missouri, the Washington Post referred to Dr. Anderson as, “The woman who made schools work for the poor.” During her tenure in Kansas and in Missouri, the achievement scores, graduation rate and college placement rate have increased. Topeka received national awards for three consecutive years under Dr. Anderson for leadership in trauma-informed systems for schools, creating systems for youth in crises and for innovation.
Dr. Anderson holds a doctorate, from Saint Louis University. She is a professor of practice for K-State and adjunct faculty for ASCD (Association for Schools and Curriculum Development). Dr. Anderson serves on numerous Topeka business and not-for-profit boards and on the international sex trafficking board. Dr. Anderson’s publications include her books on transforming schools along with several articles on public health and equity in education.
Dr. Anderson’s numerous recognitions include the Lifetime Achievement Award for volunteerism from President Obama; the Salute to Excellence for Women awarded by the Urban League; the Stellar Performance Award by the St. Louis American and the award for Diversity in Business from the St. Louis Business Journal.
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