2016 Community Awards

We believe that the work of Dr. King is not something that is restricted to the past. There are people all around us who reflect the legacy of Dr. King in the work and service they give to others every day.

Each year, Morristown’s Task Force on Diversity solicits nominations from area residents  for three community awards. We want to help lift up those whose unselfish service shines as reminders that the ongoing work of bringing hope and justice into the world is our calling. The photos below showing 2016 winners were taken by Chuck Hale and published in the Citizen Tribune, January 19, 2016

Calvin Nicely receives the posthumously awarded 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Award for Advancing Cultural on Awareness on behalf of his brother, Sammie Nicely.

Calvin Nicely receives the posthumously awarded 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Award for Advancing Cultural on Awareness on behalf of his brother, Sammie Nicely.

Willie Santana, Esq, Assistant to the Knoxville area DA, receives the 2016 Dr. MArtin Luther King, Jr Award for Service and Advocacy.

Willie Santana, Esq, Assistant to the Knoxville area DA, receives the 2016 Dr. MArtin Luther King, Jr Award for Service and Advocacy.

2016 MLK Student Essay Contest

Pictured here are the 2016 MLK Essay Winners, their teachers and/or principals and the keynote speaker. Front row, left to right, are Lainey Chandler (Grades 3 - 5 winner); Ashley Sadlon (K-2 winner); Nadia Lopez (Middle School winner). Jake Gibson, High School winner is standing behind the girls. Photo by Chuck Hale; published in the Citizen Tribune, January 19, 2016.

Pictured here are the 2016 MLK Essay Winners, their teachers and/or principals and the keynote speaker. Front row, left to right, are Lainey Chandler (Grades 3 – 5 winner); Ashley Sadlon (K-2 winner); Nadia Lopez (Middle School winner). Jake Gibson, High School winner is standing behind the girls. Photo by Chuck Hale; published in the Citizen Tribune, January 19, 2016.

For a history of this contest and the details of the 2016 contest, please click on the sub-menu titled Essay Contest Details.

Congratulations to the winners, to their teachers and to their parents.  While MTFD played a significant role in coordinating the contest, thanks really belong to Hugh Clement, Assistant Director of Hamblen County Schools and the 57 teachers who worked with 791 students who submitted essays.  And providing an equally essential and heavy effort was the local newspaper, the Citizen-Tribune, and its managing editor, John Gullion. The Citizen-Tribune sponsored the contest and provided extraordinary and extensive coverage of the event. And John not only met with MTFD, but read essays and presented the Citizen-Tribune awards to the winners at the breakfast.  Whew! Huge participation!

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014 MLK Community Breakfast

The 2014 MLK Community Breakfast and Celebration was held at First Presbyterian Church on Monday, January 20, 2014.

The Keynote Speaker was the Rev. Wayne Purcell.

Rev. Wayne and Andrea Purcell

Rev. Wayne and Andrea Purcell

The Rev. Wayne Purcell is well-known to the Morristown and Asheville, North Carolina communities, where he has served congregations, hospitals and communities as pastor, teacher, counselor and community builder. Since 1987, he has been pastor of Varick Chapel AME Zion Church in Asheville.

 He writes, “I have spent a lifetime of ministerial skills helping to improve society while reinforcing the work of the Lord.”

Rev. Purcell teaches, trains and supervises clergy, nurses, medical support staff, social workers and volunteers at facilities in Black Mountain and Asheville. He is a lecturer on the subject of diversity and empathy within ministry and is a guest columnist for the Asheville Citizen Times. Earlier this year, he was a keynote speaker at the Martin Luther King walk in Dandridge.

Rev. Purcell’s past includes serving as an Administrator within the Blue Ridge Conference of the Piedmont Episcopal District and overseeing two half-way houses for men and women in transition. He has been a resource to his community offering educational programming, workshops and consultation to promote small businesses in Western North Carolina. He is a leader in interfaith, civic, and educational events.

However, Rev. Purcell is not only found in directive capacities. He is a “hands on” counselor to individuals and their families, in both church and hospital settings. All of his skills are present and available to someone who needs a hand up. He conducts regular visitations to homes, hospitals and prisons to provide comfort and support, especially for seniors and elderly.

Rev. Purcell received his Master of Divinity from Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, NC. His business degree in Administration and Marketing Management is from North Carolina Central University. He is married to Andrea who is herself, a leader in church and community. We welcome them both to this event.