On Monday, Jan. 18, more than 600 people came to the campus of Grace College and Seminary to celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., and to hear first-hand from 1961 Freedom Rider Charles Person. It was a memorable, and at times emotional, experience for the students and adults in attendance. Monday’s event marked the 28th year commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr. in Kosciusko County. Below is an article from InkFree News.
Over 600 people of all ages and all walks of life, came to the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center on the campus of Grace College not only for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, but to hear Charles Person, one of three surviving original Freedom Riders of 1961.
It was the largest year ever in attendance for the event, according to Bryan Lowe III, president of the Committee to Commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who welcomed those in attendance for the 28th annual celebration. The day also recognized three students with the presentation of the Academic Excellence and Community Service Award.
Recipients of the award are: Ophpelia Luu, daughter of Cir Luck Luu and Guo Hui He; Luoji Helser, son of Ryan and Veronica Helser, and Paul Marandet, son of Dr. Noe and Honorine Marandet. Luu plans to attend Indiana University to study health sciences/biology. Helser would like to attend Ivy Tech or Grace Community College to study French to become a French teacher. Marandet would like to attend IUSB to study business/entrepreneurship and play basketball at the next level overseas. All three are seniors at Warsaw Community High School and received $300 each.
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