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Sprint Foundation Major Contributor to MLK Community Prayer Breakfast at MNU on Jan. 17

The Sprint Foundation has made a grant of $5,000 to MidAmerica Nazarene University to sponsor the 5th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Prayer Breakfast on January 17, 2011. This year’s theme is "The King Legacy: The Next Generation," and celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This is the third year that the Sprint Foundation has made a significant contribution to the event envisioned by MNU president Dr. Ed Robinson to celebrate diversity by embracing, accepting, respecting and celebrating our differences and similarities through unity.

"Recognizing and celebrating the accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is vitally important to our community and to our children," said Ralph Reid, executive director of the Sprint Foundation. "Dr. King was a man dedicated to his community and to creating an inclusive world. At Sprint, we share that dedication and are proud to support MNU as they help bring Dr. King's legacy to the next generation."

“MNU is honored to be a recipient of this investment from the Sprint Foundation,” Robinson added.

At the free event a continental breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. with the program beginning at 8:30 a.m. in MNU’s Bell Cultural Events Center.

MNU’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Living Legacy Award will be presented to E. Bernard Franklin, PhD, former president of Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley.

"Dr. Franklin's commitment to quality education in urban communities through his leadership at the Kauffman Foundation and most recently at Penn Valley Community College embodies Dr. King's spirit and passion,” Robinson says. “The fact that Dr. Franklin was personally associated with Dr. King's family makes the occasion even more significant."

The university will also introduce the Martin Luther King Jr. Leader Scholars, eight students who receive MNU scholarships for their commitment to leadership in honor of Dr. King’s legacy.

Other sponsors of the event include the Church of the Nazarene Mission Strategy, City of Olathe and Olathe Medical Center. A full listing of sponsors follows this article.

To attend the event, please RSVP by January 13 to or (913) 971-3391.


Presenting Sponsor
Sprint Foundation

Major Sponsors
Church of the Nazarene Mission’s Strategy
City of Olathe
Olathe Medical Center

JD and Bonnie George
Jewish Community Relations Bureau/American Jewish Committee
Johnson County NAACP
Kansas City District Church of the Nazarene
KC Chapter of Southern Christian Leadership Conference
Performance Leadership Group
Precision Printing
Dr. and Mrs. Edwin Robinson

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