For Immediate Release:
January 16, 2012
Primary Media Contact:
Public Relations Specialist
Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) held its annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration today at noon. Event speaker was Easton McDonald, the President of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) for Clark and Frederick Counties and the City of Winchester. Sponsored by the Student Activities Office, the event recognizes individuals in the community for their examples of leadership in living Dr. King’s example through the seventh annual “Walking King’s Talk” Awards. This year’s recipients were Janet. O. “Phoebe” Kilby of Saumsville and the late Evan C. Humbert. The event also recognized two LFCC students for excellence in essays on Dr. King’s inspiration, Erica Ann Williams of Front Royal and Kimmon Van Waldruff of Winchester.
Kilby is the Associate Director of Development for the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University. She has advocated equal justice, peaceful conflict resolution and opportunity for all on a personal, local, and global level through her volunteer and professional activities. Kilby was featured on CNN for her work in “Coming to the Table”, a program which seeks to acknowledge, understand and heal the wounds of slavery. Kilby has also served as hotline volunteer and Board member of Response, Inc. (the program serving victims of sexual and domestic violence in Shenandoah County) and LFCC.
Humbert was an instructor of Mathematics at LFCC who passed away in June of 2011. In his time at LFCC, Humbert worked to promote and atmosphere of equality and acceptance while advocating for students to embrace the values of hard work, commitment, responsibility, and service to others.
As the First Place Essay Winner, Williams received a $250 LFCC Scholarship. Waldruff received a $100 LFCC Scholarship for her Second Place Essay. Special music for the program was provided by Jordan Markwood, choral director at Stone Hill Middle School in Ashburn, VA and Worship Arts Coordinator at Round Hill United Methodist Church in Winchester. Humbert’s award was accepted by his widow, Mary Lynn Wilkins Humbert, and his mother, Judy Humbert. Kilby’s award was accepted by her cousin, James Kilby, who received the first “Walking King’s Talk” award in 2004.
Founded in 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.
Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lord Fairfax Community College. Lord Fairfax Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. LFCC also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.