Quantcast

Niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaks to students - KOAM TV 7

Niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaks to Southeast Kansas students

Updated:

A lucky few young people from Southeast Kansas high schools got a chance today to meet a person with a family tie to a national hero.

The niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr spoke to the students on how to ensure her uncle's dream survives.

Dr. Alveda King continuously tours the country with her uncle's messages of religion, civil rights and how the dream can survive.

"I have children and now grandchildren and I enjoy helping them and helping children across America and the world to just realize they are special, they're precious, and I want to see them succeed," says Dr. King.

Dr. King told the students that the future is now and that she hopes they follow their dreams.

"We help the young people to realize their goals and their dreams, the best potential that they have and the dream will survive if we allow the children to survive," Dr. King says.

Only select students with high GPA's and great attitudes were invited from Southeast Kansas high schools to come hear Dr. King.

Students we spoke with say it's surreal to meet someone with such an important historical tie.

"I was actually kind of astounded," says Courtlynn Rose of Independence High School.  "We were like 'really?'  There were only a few of us that got to go so we were really happy and glad that we got chosen."

"It's moving how far our country has been and where the students are in high school today and what's going on with different students," says Kenton Blich of Field Kindley High School in Coffeyville.

"I took away that it doesn't matter who you are or what color you are, just keep doing what you're doing and make sure you just try to be successful in life," says Jeremiah Lawrie of Independence High School.

Dr. King says she agreed to talk because it involved what she called the future of the dream, teaching America's children to make smart choices and to never give up on their futures.

For those interested in hearing from Dr. Alveda King firsthand she will be speaking this Saturday at the Municipal Auditorium in Parsons at 11 a.m.

  • Liz HollidayMore>>

  • Horton murder trial update: Jury will be selected in Buchanan County and brought to Barton County for trial

    Horton murder trial update: Jury will be selected in Buchanan County and brought to Barton County for trial

    Friday, June 20 2014 12:55 PM EDT2014-06-20 16:55:20 GMT
    Bobby Bourne Jr's lawyers requested a change of venue because of publicity about the case.  Bourne had plead not guilty to first-degree murder, statutory rape and child kidnapping in the August 2013 death of Adriaunna Horton.  On Thursday a judge ordered a jury to be selected in Buchanan County and brought to Barton County for the trial, which is scheduled to begin September 21, 2015.More >>
    Bobby Bourne Jr's lawyers requested a change of venue because of publicity about the case.  Bourne had plead not guilty to first-degree murder, statutory rape and child kidnapping in the August 2013 death of Adriaunna Horton.  On Thursday a judge ordered a jury to be selected in Buchanan County and brought to Barton County for the trial, which is scheduled to begin September 21, 2015.
    More >>
  • Joplin Police Officers compete in American Bible Challenge to raise funds for Rebuild Joplin - TONIGHT (May 22)

    Joplin Police Officers compete in American Bible Challenge to raise funds for Rebuild Joplin - TONIGHT (May 22)

    Thursday, May 22 2014 3:29 PM EDT2014-05-22 19:29:19 GMT
    From the Joplin Police Department:  "The JPD Prayer Patrol will be competing tonight at 7pm on the Game Show Network's, American Bible Challenge.  We were originally given a date of June 5th for our episode, however that has now changed and it will air tonight instead.  We are playing to raise money and awareness for Rebuild Joplin."More >>
    From the Joplin Police Department:  "The JPD Prayer Patrol will be competing tonight at 7pm on the Game Show Network's, American Bible Challenge.  We were originally given a date of June 5th for our episode, however that has now changed and it will air tonight instead.  We are playing to raise money and awareness for Rebuild Joplin."More >>
  • Miami, Okla. officer indicted by a Grand Jury for her part in alleged scheme to protect the arresting officers

    Miami, Okla. officer indicted by a Grand Jury for her part in alleged scheme to protect the arresting officers

    Wednesday, May 21 2014 4:24 PM EDT2014-05-21 20:24:37 GMT
    Teresa Lashmet - photo from FacebookTeresa Lashmet - photo from Facebook
    A Miami, Oklahoma police officer has been indicted by a Grand Jury. Teresa Lashmet is charged with two counts of Perjury and Engaging in a Pattern of Criminal Offenses relating to a traffic stop involving Jerry Dean Payne Jr. According to the indictment, Officer Lashmet lied about being the officer who stopped Payne, lied about ordering Payne to stay in his truck multiple times, and was involved in a scheme to protect the arresting officers.More >>
    A Miami, Oklahoma police officer has been indicted by a Grand Jury. Teresa Lashmet is charged with two counts of Perjury and Engaging in a Pattern of Criminal Offenses relating to a traffic stop involving Jerry Dean Payne Jr. According to the indictment, Officer Lashmet lied about being the officer who stopped Payne, lied about ordering Payne to stay in his truck multiple times, and was involved in a scheme to protect the arresting officers.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.