MLK Luncheon awards Manus, Hobson

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Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 at 10:06 PM

On Thursday, Feb. 26, Edinboro University honored veteran and retired educator Luther Manus Jr., and social justice advocate and student Zeila Hobson, at the 24th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Luncheon.

EU President Dr. Guiyou Huang awarded Manus the Martin Luther King Jr. Award for his work in local education and his military career. Manus had a 24-year military stint before working as a school counselor for the Erie community for 20 years.

Hobson won the Dr. Joseph Laythe Award for “championing social justice on and off campus.”

She is a senior majoring in psychology and with minors in pre-law and journalism.

Hobson is currently a staff writer for The Spectator. Her articles for the Voices section, which cover politics and highlight the issues of marginalized populations, were noted as a reason for her receiving the award.

Along with Hobson and Manus, Edinboro graduate Anthony Williams and Ken Nickson Jr. were both honored with Partnership Appreciation Awards. Williams is the head of Pittsburgh’s Neighborhood Academy, and Nickson is the coordinator of diversity, equity and inclusion for the Erie School District.

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