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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unsung Hero Awards Presented at Monmouth University

Monmouth University held its annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unsung Hero Award Ceremony on January 28 in Anacon Hall.

2014 year’s award recipients are as follows:

  • Laura Kelly is associate professor of nursing at Monmouth University. She is a passionate mental health advocate who is committed to addressing mental health issues in the community.
  • Tsanangurayi Tongesayi is an associate professor of chemistry at Monmouth University. His research work is focused on eliminating toxins in drinking water and the global food supply. He also led a campaign to collect textbooks and school supplies for schools in Zimbabwe.
  • Thomas Beaufort is a student at Monmouth University. He is community service chair of Phi Kappa.
  • Adam Lowy is founder and executive director of Move for Hunger.

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unsung Hero Award recognizes people from Monmouth University and the surrounding community who represent the ideals of Dr. King’s words, and who are sometimes not recognized for their effort in keeping “the dream alive.”

This year’s keynote speaker was Theodora Smiley Lacey. Mrs. Lacey was involved in civil rights since her childhood. Her mother was a childhood friend of Rosa Parks, and her father helped to recruit Dr. King to become a pastor in Montgomery.

For more information, please contact Heather Kelly at 732-571-3586.