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Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Community Celebration

Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration
January 17, 2023

The public is invited to the 17th annual MLK Community Celebration

MNU honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during our Gathering Chapel, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, at 9:30 a.m., at College Church of the Nazarene in Olathe. Join MNU students, faculty, staff and community leaders at this event.

Each year MNU presents its Martin Luther King, Jr. Living Legacy Award to an individual who represents the values of Dr. King’s legacy. In addition, diversity activities at MNU are highlighted, and recipients of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Leader Scholar scholarship program are announced. 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. Sponsors of this event help support diversity activities on campus.


Kyren Martin

Ashford Collins is a vice principal at Valley Park Elementary School in Overland Park, Kansas. Prior to joining the Blue Valley School District, Collins served as an English language arts teacher in the Olathe School District and also worked at Kansas City Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School. He coached football and track at Santa Fe Trail Middle School (Olathe) from 2012-2014 and was the running back coach for MNU from 2015-2017.

Collins coordinated the Hope Walk in Olathe with the goal of gathering different organizations, initiatives, and people to inspire and share their impact on social justice, mental health, and community relations. The event was held each year from 2016-2021.

This October, Collins was honored at MNU with Alumnus of the Year for his work as an educator and leader in the community. While a student at MNU he served as a resident assistant, in the Black Student Union, as a member of the Gospel Choir, and as a youth mentor at his church.

Collins earned a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education at MNU, then attended Emporia State University for his graduate studies. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in education at the University of Kansas with an expected graduation date of 2024.

2023 Sponsors

Olathe Medical Center

City of Olathe
Olathe Chamber of Commerce

Harlan C. Parker Insurance Agency
KC District Church of the Nazarene
Precision Printing

Johnson County NAACP

If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact:
Eric Bryant in the University Advancement office at 913-971-3462 or