Tyler student receives award for social change during MLK celebration

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TYLER, Texas (KETK) – In place of their regular MLK Day event, Tyler Together Race Relations Forum sponsored an online celebration on Monday to accommodate the current COVID-19 environment.

The virtual celebration was in partnership with Dr. Pamela J. Phoenix and “Let’s Talk Tyler.” The theme was based around King’s “I have a dream” speech, and a specific quote.

“Social progress never rolls in on the wheels of inevitability. It comes through the tireless effort and the persistent work of dedicated individuals.”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

During Monday’s event, Tyler Legacy student Trude Lamb was announced the 2021 recipient of the Reverend Jerome R. Milton award for non-violent social change.

Last year, as a sophomore, Lamb wrote to the TISD board requesting Robert E. Lee high school have it’s name changed to something East Texans could be proud of.

The Reverend Jerome R. Milton award recognizes “outstanding leadership qualities” and “willingness to non-violently act, in a way that benefits the community.”

“In the backdrop of reverend Martin Luther King who brought black men and white men together and boys and girls, tall and small together in ways they thought they’d never could be together. We’re proud of you. We honor you with the annual reverend award,” said Reverend Jerome Milton.

Lamb also made some comments when she received her award.

“Thank you, what an honor to receive this from you,” she said.

There was also a discussion portion during the virtual celebration where community members discussed issues like helping people find housing and developing portions of East Tyler.

If you missed the discussion you can find it below:

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