School Board Chair Earns Honor for Racial Equity Efforts

Melissa Robinson gets the 2018 Evelyn Wasserstrom award during annual interfaith service


Kansas City, January 10, 2018: Kansas City Public Schools Board of Directors Chair Melissa Robinson was given the 2018 Evelyn Wasserstrom Award during the Souther Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Kansas City (SCLC) Interfaith Service on Sunday, Jan. 7 at Community Christian Church in Kansas City, Mo.

The Interfaith Service is part of the SCLC’s annual, multi-day celebrations and events leading up to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. national holiday, which is Monday, Jan. 15. The Wasserstrom Award is named after the founder of the Interfaith Service and recognizes individuals in the community who are working on behalf of minorities and oppressed people.

“I’m deeply honored and humbled to join the ranks of the other Wasserstrom Award winners who have done amazing things in Kansas City,” Ms. Robinson said. “I hope that this helps spark a similar passion for social justice and equity in a new generation across our community.”

Elected in April 2014, Robinson represents Sub-district 4. She received an Associate of Arts degree from Kansas City Kansas Community College, a Bachelor of Science from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Masters of Business Administration from Webster University.

As the current President of the Black Health Care Coalition, Robinson is dedicated to her community and the constituents of KCPS. Living by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous quote, “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character– that is the goal of true education,” she is a steadfast leader and advocate for education and the advancement of our students.

The theme for the 2018 MLK Week celebration is “Celebrating Successes: Advancing the Movement.” The Interfaith program began a weeklong commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy. For a complete schedule, visit