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William Jewell to host Northland's 30th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration
Contact: Cara Dahlor816-415-5223
January 6, 2014

William Jewell College will host the Northland’s 30th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration with a program beginning at 10 a.m. January 20 in John Gano Memorial Chapel on the college campus in Liberty, Mo. The program is free and the public is invited to attend.

The speaker will be Rev. Dr. Vernon Percy Howard, Jr., who serves as senior pastor at Second Baptist Church in Kansas City, Mo. A 1986 Jewell alumnus, he published The Way of an Eagle: Charting Your Path to High Places in Christ in 2004. 

In addition, campus and community leaders will be honored with the Martin Luther King, Jr. community service award. Recipients for 2014 include:

  • Teresa Habernal—government administration; Liberty, Mo., resident
  • Bryan Taylor—director of traditional music and worship arts at Liberty United Methodist Church; Liberty, Mo., resident
  • Dobbe Dobberstine—president of Dobberstine Custom Homes; Liberty, Mo., resident
  • Kothney-Issa Guillaume—William Jewell College senior from Gladstone, Mo.
  • Frank McMillian—owner and publisher of Winding River Communications in Smithville, Mo. 
  • Beans & Greens Program—Historical  Downtown Liberty Farmers Market and Clay County Public Health Center

Rev. Susan McCann, pastor of Grace Episcopal Church in Liberty, Mo., will receive the Invictus Award for social justice. The Caught in the Act Doing the Right Thing Award will be presented to Liberty High School Peer Helpers.

The program will also include a performance by Lori Tucker, Kansas City jazz artist; William Jewell College Concert Choir, directed by Dr. Anthony Maglione; and Liberty Community Chorus, directed by Bryan Taylor. A public reception will be held immediately following the program in the White Atrium of Yates-Gill College Union. 

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