By Special to The New Tri-State Defender

The Dr. Henry Logan Starks Institute on Faith, Race & Social Justice Honors Program yielded this moment for honorees. (Photo: Tyrone P. Easley)

MTS, Dr. Henry Logan Starks & The 30th

Memphis Theological Seminary presented the 30th Annual Dr. Henry Logan Starks Scholarship & Award Celebration at the Guest House at Graceland last week (Feb. 9th).

The 2017 honorees:

• Alice Faye Duncan Thompson – The Starks Distinguished Service Award.

• Kathy Buckman Gibson – President’s Humanitarian Award.

• Rev. Dr. Delois Broady – Outstanding African American Alumnae.

• Rev. David Louis Adams Sr. – Outstanding African American Alumnus.

• Students Uniting Memphis (Khari A. Bowman, Cornesha J. Good, Quintin Griffin, Khamilla A. Johnson, Elton Nichols, Zoey Parker, Malik Rudd, Alexis Sledge, Taylor Williams, Moya Albert), CandleBearer Award.

• Dr. Erma L. Clanton – Legacy Award.

The Dr. Henry Logan Starks Scholarship & Award Celebration took root 30 years ago. Bishop Bettye Alston and members of Brown’s Chapel AME Church established it in 1987.

The namesake is the Rev. Dr. Henry Logan Starks, a member of the seminary’s first integrated cohort of students. He later became the first African American professor at the seminary. He died on July 4, 1985.

According to Dr. Daniel J. Earheart-Brown, the seminary has awarded “hundreds of thousands of dollars to more than 500 students” through the Dr. Henry Logan Starks Scholarship Endowment Fund, which provides scholarships for full-time African-American students.