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Greensboro 4 member, BCC president, and dean MLK “drum majors” College of Arts and Sciences Dean William Hogan, Greensboro lunch counter protester Dr. Jibreel Khazan of New Bedford, and Bristol Community College President John Sbrega were this year’s recipients of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. “Drum Major” Awards. ‘’This event celebrates individuals who have distinguished themselves as bridge builders,’’ Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack said February 3 at the fourth annual Martin Luther King, Jr. breakfast at the Woodland Commons facility on the main campus. “Our honorees have displayed courage, creativity, passion, and skill in service to humanity. They are examples for all of us.’’ Elaine Brown, community activist, author, and former leader of the Black Panther party delivered the keynote speech to an audience of 250 people. The university created the Drum Major Award to acknowledge the contributions of campus and community leaders who work diligently to keep Dr. King’s dream alive. The award’s name is based on the sermon Dr. King gave at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta on February 4, 1968, just two months before he was assassinated. The sermon included the following: “If you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace.” Dr. Hogan was honored for being in the forefront of the development of an academic curriculum, that in content and design, is inclusive of various backgrounds, and been instrumental in the hiring of individuals of color within the economics department.
Dr. Khazan, currently a counselor for Comprehensive Mental Health Systems in New Bedford, participated in the famous Greensboro lunch counter sit-ins, sparking the civil rights movement of the 1960s. As a lecturer in the region, he continues to spread his message of peaceful co-existence among America’s many diverse culture and racial groups. Dr. Sbrega was cited for treating diversity as a top institutional priority at Bristol Community College, and taking a strong leadership role in fostering and supporting diversity initiatives in faculty hiring, student recruitment, and retention.
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy is honored by the university annually with the “Drum Major” awards ceremony. This year’s breakfast reception included a performance on drums by Herbie King. In center photo, Chancellor Jean MacCormack is flanked by those honored–Bristol Community College Pres. John Sbrega; activist Elaine Brown; Mrs. Jibreel Khazan; and Arts & Sciences Dean William Hogan.
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