Educator, pastor honored with MLK spirit award

A college educator and a pastor were honored with the Spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. award Tuesday.

Elise Browne, the  department coordinator and associate professor of the Associate Degree Nursing program at South Plains College, said she was humbled to receive the honor.

Browne said the slain civil rights leader epitomized ìservice leadershipî and had an impact on the world.

Each of us, she told an audience at SPC, has an impact on one another.

ìWeíre all on our walk and we impact people directly and indirectly,î Browne said. ìEverybody impacts somebody and some point in time. Iím recognizing you tonight because weíre all doing the best we can.

She has been with SPC for 30 years.

J. Jerome Johnson Sr., pastor of Mount Gilead Baptist Church in Lubbock, said the award brought tears to his eyes.

It is truly an awesome experience for me,î he said. ìI do what I do because I have a passion for what I do.

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