Ruth Gowitzke News Editor
On Feb. 26, at 3 p.m., in the Johnson Room in the library, one faculty member, one student and a graduate of Howard University, were awarded with the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Service Award. According to the Eastern website, this award, “remembers the altruistic efforts of Dr. King, whose spirit, philosophy and teachings continue to inspire countless individuals today.”
Dwight Bachman And Ed Osborn, who work for University Relations, noted in an article that the beginning of the reception started with, “leading the audience in a spirited singing of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Eastern President Elsa Núñez then acknowledged the award recipients and reminded the assembly of three important lessons that Martin Luther King Jr. had taught us.” Afterwards, each recipient went up to receive their award.
One of the recipients of the award was Eastern faculty member, Kristen B. Scavone.
As stated by her in a bio that she wrote in the brochure that was handed out, Scavone has been heavily intricated in the Eastern community with her work within the Office of AccessAbility Services. She had first worked as an intern, and then transitioned into the director. She is also the President-Elect of the Connecticut Association on Higher Education and Disability among other committees that help evoke change within LGBT and disabled communities. Her award was based on her strong advocacy for people with disabilities.
Another recipient of the award was Eastern student Lacoy Lanchanté Brown. She wrote in her bio that she is a senior graduating in May, who is majoring in Health Sciences with a concentration in Public Health. She is also minoring in Sociology. She also stated her involvement with diverse populations. This includes working with people with intellectual disabilities and physical disabilities as well as her work within a nutritional program that she created on campus called “Eating for Success.” This program helps to combat food insecurity across campus. After graduation, Brown intends to join the U.S. Peace Corps to “support members of that community suffering from malnutrition, malaria, and HIV/AIDS and its harmful effects.
The last recipient of this award was JoAnn H. Price, who was unfortunately unable to attend the ceremony. In the bio, she wrote how she is involved in many aspects of the community, which is the main reason she was given this award. Some of her community involvement includes being a member of the Howard University School of Business Board of Visitors, a board member of the Apollo Theater Foundation in New York City and many other boards that make her an active member of many different communities.
Bachman and Osborn also talked briefly about the keynote speaker. Rev. AJ Johnson, in their article. They said that he “talked about the “systematic oppression” that King saw in the nation in the 1960s, and the “passion” King had for his work. In his own bio, he wrote that he works at the Christian Activities Council as a community organizer and “spearheads “Small Buisness Night Out,” a network of minority-owned buisnesses and entreprenuers.”
Be sure to go and congratulate your fellow Eastern recipients as they continue to make an impact in their future pursuits. Also be sure to visit the Unity Wing who sponsored this event The Unity Wing is located on the first floor of the Student Center.