Mount Union College Presents Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards

April 19, 2010


As part of its annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration, Mount Union College presented students Thomas Jefferson and LaKeisha Alston and Alliance community member Betty Young with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award.




From left to right:  LaKeisha Alston, Betty Young and Thomas Jefferson

From left to right: LaKeisha Alston, Betty Young and Thomas Jefferson


The awards were given today in Rodman Theatre following a keynote presentation by Dorothy Spruill Redford. Redford is author of Somerset Homecoming and executive director of North Carolina's Somerset Place State Historic Site.

LaTashia Reedus, director of multicultural students affairs, presented both Jefferson and Alston with this year's honors.

Jefferson is a senior physical education major from Youngstown. He has been involved with the Black Student Union, Alpha Phi Omega, a service fraternity, Habitat for Humanity, Association of International Students, and a guide for Preview and Orientation. He was also named 2002 Homecoming King.

"Thomas is a natural leader, self-motivated, and very dependable," said one of his nominators. "He excels in leading and motivating students from different backgrounds to get involved."

Alston, a senior psychology major, is also from Youngstown. She is the Vice President of the Black Student Union and has also been active in the Society for Advancement of Management.

"LaKeisha is an outstanding leader of the BSU. She is respectful and inclusive of
all and has a great sense of humor," said one of her nominators.

Evelyn Brown, former host of "Evelyn's Spirituals" on WRMU, presented the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Award presented to Betty Young, who Brown referred to as "a great supporter of Alliance."

Young is a member of the Second Baptist Church where she serves a trustee. She is a 1967 graduate of Alliance High School and a lifetime subscribing member and treasurer of the NAACP. She also serves a treasurer for the Hope House and American Legion Post 791.

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