MOUNT VERNON — Minorities in Knox County account for less than 3 percent of the population, and grow up in a county that has a founder of blackface minstrel entertainment as one of its most famous citizens.
A panel discussion group representing educators, clergy, law enforcement and not-for-profit organizations spoke on issues of race in a predominantly white county Monday at the Martin Luther King Celebration Breakfast, held in Pierce Hall at Kenyon College.
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Awards handed out at MLK Jr. breakfast
Awards and honors were issued to local high school and college students and a college professor at the annual Martin Luther King Celebration Breakfast, held Monday at Kenyon College.
The Beulah Apostolic Award of Excellence was given to Kenyon Director of Latino/a Studies Clara Roman-Odio. A published author, Roman-Odio has led the Kenyon Engaged Learning Initiative Latinos in Rural America (LiRA), a humanities project designed to broaden knowlegde of the Latino/a experience in rural Ohio.
High school student essay award winners were Taelyn King, Mount Vernon High School, first place; Cailyn Kennedy, MVHS, second place; and Savannah Haist, MVHS, third place.
First-Knox National Bank book scholarships were presented to Mount Vernon Nazerene University students Madeline Quinn and Angela Flach, and Kenyon students Winnie Thaw, Jorge Sebastian Chavez Erazo and Michaela Jenkins.