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Edinboro University to honor 4 community leaders during Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Luncheon


Edinboro University and President Julie E. Wollman will honor four community leaders for their lifetimes of serving others on Friday, Feb. 21, during the University’s 18th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Luncheon.

 Through the awards program, Edinboro University recognizes regional citizens who exemplify the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. King. This year’s recipients are Armendia P. Dixon, Ph.D.,  educator and executive director of the Crawford County READ Program; Sister Mary Herrmann, former executive director of the SSJ Neighborhood Network in Erie; Bill Jackson, president and chief professional officer of United Way of Erie County; and Joseph Laythe, Ph.D., Edinboro University professor and historian.

The award recipients were chosen by Edinboro’s King Awards Luncheon Committee and President Wollman for recognition by the University for their dedication to education, social equality and opportunity, and peaceful community activism, exemplifying the ideals of the late civil rights leader and personifying his dream.

The luncheon will be held Feb. 21 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Edinboro’s Van Houten South Dining Hall.

The University’s intention  in hosting the luncheon and presenting community awards during Black History Month is to help carry on King’s legacy by recognizing and honoring individuals such as Dixon, Herrmann, Jackson and Laythe for keeping King’s “dreams” alive.

As in past annual King lunches at Edinboro University, the Master of Ceremonies, Dr. Kahan Sablo, Vice President for Student Affairs, will help preside over additional award presentations to Edinboro students who have been selected as winners in the annual Expressions of Remembrance Contest.

In addition to musical selections from the United Voices of Edinboro, the reading of one of Dr. King’s speeches, essays, or sermons has become a traditional part of this annual celebration.  This year’s reading, “Loving Your Enemies,” was delivered by Dr. King on Nov. 17, 1957, at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala.

More than 40 community leaders have been honored with the Edinboro University Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award since 1997, when the annual luncheon was created to celebrate King’s legacy and to honor northwestern Pennsylvania citizens who embody King’s spirit, philosophy, and teachings.