Topeka Links Inc. Honors Three Kansans During Its Black History Month Program

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – The Topeka (KS) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated honored three Kansans during its Black History Month program on Saturday morning.

The Topeka Links, Inc. said at the virtual awards ceremony that it recognized the civil rights icon and centennial Leola Brown Montgomery with the Outstanding Achievement Award.

According to the Topeka Links, the Outstanding Achievement Award has only been presented six times in their 60-year Topeka Links history.

The organization says the Outstanding Achievement Award recognizes Kansas women whose leadership and dedication to excellence have had a positive impact on the fabric of our nation. Topeka Links says that through Brown Montgomery’s advocacy for equity education and as a civil rights icon representing the legacy of the landmark Supreme Court case, Brown v Topeka Board of Education et al , who outlawed segregation in the United States, Brown Montgomery will be recognized and celebrated for his sustained efforts that many are unaware of.

“It gives us great pleasure and great pride to celebrate the courage and unwavering commitment to American equity education and social structure advocated by Mrs. Brown Montgomery,” said Monice Crawford, President of the Topeka (KS) section of The Links, Incorporated. “She is now 100 years old and we want to give her roses while she is still able to enjoy them. Join us on February 25 at 10 a.m. to show our love and respect to this extraordinary elder from our city. Leola Brown Montgomery is truly a national treasure.

Glenda Washington with the Greater Topeka Partnership received the Positive Image Award.

Topeka links say Washington’s advocacy work to help small businesses stay financially solvent during the pandemic. The Topeka Links Positive Image Award is in honor of the African American woman from Kansas who continues the legacy of achievement through thick and thin and has demonstrated exemplary community service through vision and action that leads to an enhanced African-American community.

The organization says Glenda Washington is the recipient because she is representative of the many diverse African-American women who make up and help improve Kansas’ multiethnic and multiracial communities.

Monique Pittman-Luifounder and CEO of Spirit Productions, LLC, an arts promoter and member of The Topeka Links received the white rose price.

The Topeka Links say the White Rose Award is a signature award in recognition of the friendship and service of a Link member who exemplifies the ideals and principles of the organization through community volunteerism in addition to its programs chapter over an extended period.

The organization says Pittman-Lui demonstrates a commitment to community service that has gone beyond what is usually expected of a socially responsible citizen and demonstrates leadership abilities that also inspire others to participate in service. community.

Additionally, Topeka Links also had a guest speaker for its “Unapologetic Boundaries” virtual seminar on Saturday.

Dr. Shanta Marie focused on historical trauma for Black women, radical self-care strategies, and how to resist, mitigate, and interrupt the destructive impact of trauma.

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