Late LFCC professor honored along with Dr. King
By Candace Sipos -- firstname.lastname@example.org
WINCHESTER -- When Evan Humbert's name was called Monday during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance at Lord Fairfax Community College, his wife and mother walked to the stage.
The former math professor died in June, and university officials continue to sing his praises.
"We accept this in same spirit that it is given, in love, and we thank you," said his mother, Judy Humbert, adding that her son was one of the few people she knew who loved going to work every day.
Cheryl Thompson-Stacy, president of the college, spoke about the respect felt for Humbert throughout the campus community.
"Evan did much to promote an atmosphere of quality and acceptance," she said. "He was an advocate for all students and cared deeply that they live up to their potential."
Along with Janet O. "Phoebe" Kilby, one of the college's board members, Humbert received a "Walking King's Talk" award.
Before the awards were announced, Easton McDonald, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for Clarke and Frederick counties and the city of Winchester, charged the community with continuing civil rights work.
In addition, Erica Ann Williams read her essay on one of King's quotes -- "An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity." She received a $250 scholarship to the college for winning the essay contest.
"No matter how hard things are, if you make an effort to help others, your life will be exponentially better," she read.
She explained how her daughter, Cadence, 6, will ask her to bring her older toys to give to children in need after seeing her bring used clothes and other items to shelters.
"Right there, that is what Dr. King was talking about," she said. "You do not have to be a millionaire to make a difference."