During this national celebration of Black History Month, our nation recalls the positive contribution our African-American culture has made to the life of our country. It is natural, then, for our minds and hearts to be drawn to the life and example of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential Americans of the past century. The preamble to our country's Declaration of Independence states: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. courageously spoke publicly to defend these God-given rights for all people, especially African Americans, and wisely stated that people should not be judged based on the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. He nobly accomplished his mission while being faithful to the Gospel values of peace and non-violence.
The St. Thomas More Catholic High School, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. award recognizes a student and a faculty/staff member who both exemplify the qualities of leadership, compassion, a desire to work for peace and justice, fortitude, and "God's servant first." We are proud to announce that senior, Landon Burton and Mr. Benny Littell have been selected for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. award.