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Lester Sanders
Jan 24
Student Life

MLK Keynote & Awards

The University of Mount Union’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards and Keynote Address will feature Lester Sanders, a motivational speaker and Mount Union admission representative, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 24 in Brush Performance Hall, Giese Center for the Performing Arts on Mount Union’s campus.

With the struggle for justice and equality still making national headlines 56 years later after King’s historic August 28, 1963 “I Have A Dream” speech at the March on Washington for jobs and freedom, Sanders will propose the question to this generation of students and to others present, “What Are You Going To Do: To Fulfill The Dream?"

Sanders will provide universal actions steps that one can take to make King’s dream a reality in their personal lives and the lives of others, nationwide and worldwide. It’s one thing to come together annually to celebrate the monumental life of Dr. King; but it’s another to consciously and physically make sure the dream of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness remain a reality for generations to come.

Sanders shares his message with thousands of teens and young adults every year at schools, conferences, college success events, organizations, camps and churches. He has spoken at the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons Youth Sports and Education Conference and the North Dakota National Guard’s State Youth Symposium. Sanders earned his Bachelors of Arts in criminal justice from Kent State University where he focused on prevention in the juvenile justice system and positive youth development. With 20 years of experience, Sanders has served as a case manager, life skills facilitator, program director and currently an admission representative at Mount Union. Sanders honed a rare gift to connect with today’s youth and a unique ability to inject information, knowledge, service, hope, love and innovation into the culture.

Each year the University presents the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Award to members of both the University of Mount Union community (student, faculty, staff) and the Alliance community who best embody the values and principles exemplified by Dr. King. Individuals and organizations may nominate individuals for this award detailing why the nominee should receive this prestigious honor. All nominations must be submitted no later than Friday, January 11, 2019.

Submit nominations here:

This event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the lecture in the Giese Center lobby. For more information, contact Ron Holden at or (330) 823-2138.

Add to Calendar Thursday, January 24, 2019 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
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