Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrated at 15th Annual Event
| by Carol Best firstname.lastname@example.org
The life, influence and philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were acclaimed at the 15th annual Community Celebration honoring his legacy at MNU's chapel service January 19, 2021. Student Diversity Council members and Dr. Victoria Haynes, nursing professor and coordinator of diversity & cultural competency were featured throughout the service. Dr. Haynes introduced this year's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Living Legacy Award honoree, Dr. Tiffany Anderson, superintendent of Topeka Public Schools.
Anderson presented thoughts surrounding the theme From Dreamers to Bridge Builders. Weaving Old and New Testament scripture throughout her talk and referencing Isaiah 40: 1-5, Anderson reminded the audience that they are "positioned on purpose," right where God intends them to be in order to move from sharing Dr. King's dream of the future, to "building bridges where no one else may choose to go."
It is significant to note that Dr. Anderson is the first female African American to hold the position of superintendent of Topeka Public Schools not only because of the achievement that represents in her career but also because segregation in Topeka schools spawned a tipping point resulting in Brown vs. Board of Education (Topeka), a landmark 1954 U.S. Supreme Court case in which the court unanimously ruled that racial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional.
Presenting her with the Living Legacy Award, MNU President David Spittal made the following remarks.
"This award is referred to as the ‘Living Legacy Award” to indicate that the challenge and the dreams of Dr. King continue to be pursued today in our nation, our community and on our campus. In addition, it is the call of Jesus Christ on those called by his name to lead in this commitment to freedom, liberty and justice for all.
This year we are honored to recognize you, Dr. Anderson, for your leadership, service, and fulfillment of this legacy of faith and service in action as a community leader who has faithfully served your students and your community. You have been and continue to be a bridge builder in your life and work and an inspiration for all who know you."
Readers may watch the online event here.