On Monday, Jan. 15, Board of County Commission Chairman Ed Eilert received the Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award as presented by the Leawood, Olathe and Overland Park chapters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The legacy award, presented at the NAACP’s 14th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy and Scholarship Dinner, recognizes Eilert’s career of public service in Johnson County.
Eilert made brief remarks, recognizing the legacy of King on the evening of the civil rights leader’s holiday and birthday. He complimented local students who had read their “From the Mountain Top” essays and remarked on the county’s progress toward a more diverse community for all its residents. He encouraged the attendees and others to visit the county’s Arts & Heritage Center (8788 Metcalf, Ave., Overland Park), to see the “Hidden Stories of Johnson County’s African American Community,” a digital, multi-media exhibit in the building’s common exhibit space that is showing through Feb. 28. Eilert recalled stories of local African Americans who are highlighted in the exhibit and their contributions to the community.
In closing, Eilert stated that there are so many well know quotes by King, but one that resonates with him, in a timeless way is “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”