Greek Letter Organizations Recipient of Humanitarian Award

Published on: January 11, 2007

Lone Star College-Kingwood will hold its annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial program on Thursday, Jan. 18, 12:30 p.m. in the Student and Fine Arts Building Performing Arts Theatre. Sponsored by the Lone Star College-Kingwood African American Student Association (AASA), the event is free and open to the public.

African American Greek Letter organizations have been selected as this year’s recipient of the 2007 Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award. Presented by the AASA of Lone Star College-Kingwood, this award is presented annually to an individual or organization that practices King’s humanitarian philosophy.

“African American Greek Letter organizations have a long and rich history of humanitarian deeds,” says Dr. Rose Austin, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness and AASA club sponsor. “They have contributed millions of dollars to scholarships, spearheaded numerous national and local social initiatives, and provided service programs such as the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial.”

Anthony Williams, president of the Houston area Pan-Hellenic Council, will accept the award on behalf of these organizations. The Pan-Hellenic Council is an umbrella organization for nine historically black, international Greek letter fraternities and sororities. Each of the nine organizations evolved during a period when African Americans were being denied essential rights and privileges afforded other college students. These organizations now operate at the undergraduate and graduate/alumni levels.

Randy Bates, a notable Houston attorney and Chair of the Lone Star College System Board of Trustees, will serve as keynote speaker.

The Memorial Program kicks off the annual Black History Month activities on Lone Star College-Kingwood’s campus. Other events include:

- A dinner and awards program and concert honoring Houston area’s great musicians such as Jason Oby, Leon Turner, John Rochelle, Moselle Moses-Felder and Hanq Neal will be held on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. The cost for the dinner is $25 and the awards program and concert are free.

- Children’s Art Show and Competition to be held Feb. 5-11 in the SFA Art Gallery with an award presentation on Feb. 11 at 3 p.m.

- African Heritage Exhibit held on Feb. 20 in the SFA Art Gallery.

For more information on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial program and Black History month activities, call 281-312-1448.

Daytime, evening, weekend or online, Lone Star College-Kingwood has a full lineup of exciting courses ready when you are. Whether your future includes training for a new career, updating job skills or transferring to a four-year university, we can help guide you on the road to success. Registration for spring semester continues through Jan. 13. For information about credit classes or to register, call 281-312-1613. Financial aid may be available; call 281-312-1606 for more information.

Lone Star College-Kingwood is a member of the Lone Star College System, which is also comprised of Lone Star College-North Harris, Lone Star College–Tomball, Lone Star College–Montgomery, Lone Star College–CyFair, six satellite centers and The University Center. For more information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281-312-1600 or visit our Website at kingwood.lonestar.edu.