Honoring Educators

Honoring Educators
Posted on 02/02/2018
Image of Mothers on a MissionMothers on a Mission honored Akron area educators during its 11th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Drum Majors Awards event Jan. 6, commemorating the 60th anniversary of school integration and the work of Daisy Bates. The president of the Arkansas state conference of the NAACP in 1957, Bates advocated for the Little Rock Nine, a group that tested the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision that deemed public school segregation unconstitutional. The nine black students met with angry protests as they started their first school day at the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.

The Akron event was held at Community Fellowship Chapel, with Apostle Earl Thomas serving as host pastor and Renea Woods Baylor and Valerie Sales serving as honorary chairs.

Akron Public Schools board member Bruce Alexander saluted this year’s honorees, all of whom received proclamations from Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola. The honorees, all principals unless otherwise indicated, are shown above, from left, with Alexander: (front) Ranea Williams, Barber Community Learning Center (CLC); Kristy Johnson, instructional coach, Forest Hill CLC; Angela Harper, Mason CLC; Philomena Vincente, Leggett CLC; LaMonica Davis, Arnold CLC; Megan Lee-Wilfong, Windemere CLC; Dawn Wilson, Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts; and (second row) Alexander; Brandi Davis, on special assignment; Danjile Henderson, Case Elementary School; Cheryl Connolly, Akron Early College; and Michelle Marquess-Kearns, Ellet High School. Not shown is Byron Hopkins, of Buchtel CLC.
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