MNU honored its Martin Luther King Leader Scholars this week. Presented at the 9th Annual Martin Luther King Jr Community Celebration, the students received certificates in addition to scholarships for their campus leadership, commitment to diversity and community service and scholarship. The scholars (left to right) are Micah McEwan, Rachel Gall, Rico McKay, Sydney Shamley, Chris Powers, coordinator for diversity and cultural competency, Jazmin Parra Navarro, Shelton (Apollo) McCullough and Estela Gingerich.
Rev. Alice Piggee-Wallack, past MLK Living Legacy recipient and pastor of True Light Church of the Nazarene, gave the opening prayer. Olathe City Councilman Wes McCoy brought greetings on behalf of the Mayor. Susan Metsker, constituent services representative, attended on behalf of U.S. Representative Kevin Yoder.
Speaker, Olathe resident Bob Shands, related the story of MLK Living Legacy Award posthumous recipient Rev. O. Norman Shands, his father. Rev. Shands was a key figure in the peaceful desegregation of the Atlanta Public Schools in the early 1960s.
Many local organizations were sponsors of the event. MNU gratefully acknowledges the support of:
City of Olathe, Enterprise Bank & Trust, Enterprise Holdings Foundation, Enterprise Rental, Global Ministry Center, Church of the Nazarene, Olathe Chamber of Commerce, Olathe Medical Center, Olathe Walmart Supercenter, Precision Printing, Sprint Foundation.
The Greaker Kansas City Community Foundation, Kansas City District Church of the Nazarene, Walmart Neighborhood Market, David and Donna Spittal, Johnson County NAACP and Schurle Signs, Inc.