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STLCC-Florissant Valley and NCCU’s 2021 Dr. MLK Jr. Celebration

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STLCC-Florissant Valley and NCCU’s 2021 Dr. MLK Jr. Celebration

January 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley and North County Churches Uniting for Racial Harmony and Justice will host their annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Tuesday, Jan. 19.

The community event – which is from 6-7:30 p.m. – will take on a virtual twist, but it will still include inspiring speeches, celebrate excellence in the community with a formal award presentation and more. Participants should visit STLCC’s YouTube Channel to watch the event and for details.

Rudolph Nickens – diversity, equity, inclusion and sustainability partner at Evolution, which is a coaching, consulting and investment firm – will speak on the celebration’s theme, “Intelligence Plus Character, That is the Goal of True Education.”

Nickens is an experienced facilitator, educator and entrepreneur with a strong background in cultural diversity, business management and community development. Previously, he served as director of equal opportunity and diversity for the Missouri Department of Transportation.

In keeping with tradition, North St. Louis County students will lead and participate in the celebration. Azariah “Z” Estes, a first-year, general-transfer student at the College, is the celebration’s student emcee. Aquita Lowe and Zoe Wallace will both serve as student speakers. Lowe is a second-year, general-transfer student and Wallace is a first-year, general-transfer student at the College. Participants will also hear winning speeches from NCCU’s Oratorical Contest and can sing along to an instrumental rendition of James Weldon Johnson’s “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

In addition to being inspired by rousing speakers and a musical performance, guests will learn more about why Christian Hospital is being honored with the 2021 Dr. Rance Thomas Excellence in Community Partnership Award.

“Christian Hospital and president Rick Stevens are incredible partners with St. Louis Community College through a diverse and large number of avenues,” said Elizabeth Gassel Perkins, Ed.D., campus president and chief academic officer at STLCC-Florissant Valley.

“To begin with, and probably most specifically, Christian Hospital partners with our nursing and health sciences programs to offer valuable training to future healthcare professionals. Beyond the incredible partnership they share with STLCC, they are instrumental in the community and strive to improve the health and welfare of everyone in the region by providing stellar patient care, educational opportunities and participating in outreach activities to all North St. Louis County residents.”

The contingency date for the virtual celebration, should the College close due to inclement weather, is Thursday, Jan. 21 on the same time schedule.


January 19
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


North County Incorporated

350B Village Square Drive
Hazelwood, Missouri 63042
phone: (314) 895-6241


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