KCPS Students Attend Convocation, Meet Martin Luther King III


Students Attend Missouri Western State University Convocation

KCPS students attended the 24th annual R. Dan Boulware Convocation on Critical Issues Tuesday, Sept. 12 at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo. This year’s featured speaker was Martin Luther King III, speaking on the topic “Embracing the Ideals of Freedom, Justice and Equality.”

Approximately 170 students from Southeast High School, Central Academy of Excellence, Northeast High School, Lincoln College Preparatory Academy, Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts and Success Academy at Anderson joined KCPS Athletic Director James Sanders, Sr. to enjoy the unique opportunity to see King speak.

“We encourage our students to look beyond just school to how they can affect change,” Sanders said. “It was important to make the time to see Mr. King, to give the kids the opportunity to meet him personally. Our hope is that these students realize from today that no matter where they are, they can make a difference in the world.”

After convocation ceremonies, students from Lincoln Prep’s Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program had the opportunity to meet and talk briefly with King.

As the oldest son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King III has seized the torch lit by his parents and is continuing their quest for equality and justice for all people. Whether speaking to an audience in Mozambique or Mississippi, Israel or Indiana, his vision of the future has touched thousands.

To see more photos from the event, visit the KCPS Fickr page.