King’s Legacy Remains Awake in Four Award Winners to be Honored at Breakfast

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Leadership Westerville and the MLK Jr. Legacy Project (formerly the MLK Breakfast Committee) will host the 14th annual Westerville Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Celebration, Remaining Awake, on January 21 at Villa Milano (1630 Schrock Road) beginning at 7:30 a.m.

At the breakfast, Cynthia DeVese, Westerville City Schools Coordinator of Minority Student Achievement, will be honored as the 2019 Alston Award recipient.  This award is named in honor of Miriam Alston and the group of slaves she freed who traveled to the Westerville area in 1859.  It is given to a community member living or working in Westerville who most effectively exemplifies the characteristics demonstrated by Dr. King.

The Fouse Award, named in honor of William H. Fouse, who was the first African-American graduate of Westerville Public Schools and Otterbein College, honors students in our schools who act when an injustice presents itself, demonstrating the characteristics of Dr. King.  The 2019 recipients are Mali Wilkinson (Wilder Elementary), Ellie Reash (St. Paul) and Kennedy Kandi (Westerville Central High School).

Cost to attend is $350 for a table of 10, $30 for an individual adult, and $20 for an individual student (18 years or younger).  This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Gayle Fisher-Stewart.  Her bio can be viewed at

For more information about the Breakfast or the Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Project, please contact Matt Lofy at, 614/882- 8917.