The Topeka Living the Dream committee continued their legacy of delivering a qualify King Holiday celebration that reaches out across the community. This year, their programming included a community leadership luncheon, student recognition program, soup supper and their scholarship and awards banquet.
This was the 35th year for their scholarship banquet, which was held at the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center and attracted more than 500 guests including Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly.
The keynote presentation was a moving one-woman play starring actor, activist, poet and educator Billie Jean Young as Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer. Her performance was an engaging way to learn the history and motivation behind this civil rights legend.
The evening continued with presentation of recognition awards and scholarships. This year, the organization presented 12 scholarships to area youth.
The master of ceremony for the evening was Angton Bugg and a place of honor was held for Jackie Bugg, his mother and Living the Dream Co-founder.