Joshua Morrison/News On Monday morning, Tamara Parson Anderson of the Diversity Coaliton of Knox County gave a passionate speech about growing up in Mount Vernon, going to Kenyon College and her work with the coalition during the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast held at Peirce Hall on the Kenyon College campus.

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On Monday morning, Tamara Parson Anderson of the Diversity Coaliton of Knox County gave a passionate speech about growing up in Mount Vernon, going to Kenyon College and her work with the coalition during the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast held at Peirce Hall on the Kenyon College campus. Request this photo

 

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.

 

Nick Sabo: 740-397-5333 or nsabo@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

 

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